Brain injuries are complex injuries. Generally speaking, they occur when the brain hits itself against the walls of the skull during a high-impact situation, such as a car accident. However, because the damage is internal, it is not always easy to spot right away following an accident.
A recent article published by the Toronto Star describes the ordeal of a Canadian-born pop singer, Kiesza. The article states that two years ago, Kiesza was in a car accident while in an Uber, and was hit by a taxi at an intersection in Toronto.
Kiesza suffered from a traumatic brain injury, which physically affected her ability to digest food, her ability to see and her balance. However, despite the physical ailments, it wasn’t until six months afterwards that doctors were able to diagnose the singer with a brain injury.
Brain injuries can also affect people in other ways, such as the inability to concentrate, headaches, short-term memory, inability to articulate thoughts and inability to understand instructions. Because brain injuries can be hard to detect, and their symptoms can be confused with other types of behavioural issues, such as stress or laziness, it can be difficult evaluate the full extent of the damage.
If you have suffered from brain injury or concussion as a result of a motor vehicle accident, it’s best advised to consult with a personal injury lawyer. Even if you think you feel fine after an accident, there may be damage underneath the skin, the likes of which may not start to show symptoms until a few days, weeks or months later.
An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to work with your doctors to determine the extent of the damage, the permanence of any physical or mental effects, and the cost of any recovery or long-term care measures.