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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

During the month of March, safety advocates draw attention to the frequency, prevention and consequences of brain injuries. Injuries to the brain, even mild ones, can have life-altering consequences, and neither you nor your loved ones may completely understand the changes in your behavior.

A head injury following a car accident can affect many aspects of your life, from your motor skills, your ability to make decisions, the control you have over your emotions and how you communicate, among others. In some cases, the victim of a head injury loses those abilities altogether, but in other cases, the victim may have to relearn certain skills. Seeking quality medical care for your rehabilitation is key to your recovery, but that kind of care can be expensive.

Recovering from a brain injury

If you are in a car accident, you may suffer a brain trauma without even hitting your head. The sudden and violent motions of a car accident can cause the brain to shake or bounce around inside your skull, damaging blood vessels and bruising the brain. A mild head injury or concussion may result in a prolonged headache, dizziness and nausea.

More serious trauma may include unconsciousness, confusion or seizures. These symptoms will prompt your medical team to run extensive tests to determine the severity of your injuries and the best course of action for treatment, including:

  • Hospitalization
  • Medication
  • Surgical intervention
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech-language therapy
  • Psychological counseling
  • Residential care

These may be only the beginning. As time progresses, your condition may lead to other medical issues that will require expensive care. You may even need in-home medical attention or equipment to assist in your independence, such as a wheelchair, walker, hospital bed or home health aide.

Consider all the costs

You may already see how expensive a brain injury can be. You may not like to think about the cost of your care, but it is essential to know how you will pay for the treatment you need to make as complete a recovery as possible. While insurance may cover part of your medical care, you may not receive what you need for the long term, and it will certainly not cover the pain and suffering you must endure as a result of someone else's carelessness or intentional actions.

The important factor in your recovery is the level of support you receive. This will come from family, friends and others who will work to keep you optimistic about your future. You can also reach out to California professionals who will assist you with your medical, financial and legal issues.

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