A motor vehicle accident can have a profound impact on your life. Not only does it affect your health, but it can affect your ability to carry on with your professional life. Some of the most common car accident injuries can cause a person to take time away from work or to change careers entirely.
The impact of car accident injuries can be life-altering and require compensation for the loss of income.
Traumatic brain injuries
Every year, over 1 million Americans experience a traumatic brain injury. TBIs can significantly impact your cognitive function and memory, resulting in difficulties with decision-making, concentrating and performing complex tasks. Workers may find themselves unable to carry out their former occupational responsibilities, either due to cognitive symptoms or chronic headaches.
Spinal cord injuries
An SCI can result in the loss of mobility and paralysis. If you have a physically demanding occupation, the extent of your injury can present considerable challenges to your ability to function at work. Disabling conditions often cause workers to lose a large percentage of their income.
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Physical injuries are not the only injuries that can affect a person’s ability to work. Following an accident, you may experience depression and anxiety due to the accident. It may become difficult, if not impossible, to concentrate, focus or care for yourself. PTSD often affects job performance and may cause workers to miss out on job opportunities.
Injuries from a motor vehicle accident may be long-lasting. Some injuries and conditions may manifest immediately following an accident, whereas others may develop over time and interfere with your ability to work.