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Head injuries and pseudobulbar affect after car accidents

On Behalf of | Oct 23, 2020 | Auto Accidents |

You have no way of knowing what another driver is going to do when you’re sharing the roadway. All you can do is make sure you are adhering to traffic laws, staying alert and driving with caution. Each of these things helps reduce your chances for a collision. It’s the other drivers, however, the ones you can’t control, that may wind up causing you injury. Many Colorado car accidents result in brain injuries that, in turn, result in pseudobulbar affect.

If your head hits the door of a car or the dashboard, window or any other hard surface, the sudden impact may cause severe trauma to your brain. PBA is a consequence of brain trauma but also often affects people with other conditions, such as multiple sclerosis or repeated concussion syndrome. When you experience PBA, it means your brain has become incontinent in certain ways.

Common symptoms of PBA

People with PBA have a difficult time controlling their emotions. In fact, the condition is categorized by sudden, erratic outbursts of hysterical laughter or crying, often not matching the current mood of the person afflicted. This condition is incapacitating at times, especially in a social or public setting. Additional symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, a weak tongue, or excessive gagging and grimacing, often accompany PBA.

It is imperative that you closely monitor your condition in the days and weeks following your collision. If you have head discomfort, facial pain or any other symptoms that suggest brain trauma or PBA, you’ll want to immediately report your condition to a licensed physician or go to the nearest emergency room for urgent care.

If another driver caused the collision that resulted in your injuries

When Colorado crashes lead to brain injuries, recovering victims often need long-term, specialized care. If you suffer from PBA, it may prevent you from being able to work. Such injuries can be devastating to your family, especially if you happen to have been the primary breadwinner in your household.

It is common to experience feelings of frustration or anger upon learning that the other driver was intoxicated or distracted at the time because it means the collision (and your injuries) were likely preventable were it not for the other person’s negligence or reckless behavior. If driver negligence was a causal factor in the crash that resulted in your injuries, you may be able to seek financial recovery for your losses in court.

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