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Car accidents, brain injuries and sequelae

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

The word “sequelae” is a plural noun that refers to lasting implications, adverse health events and medical symptoms that result from a brain injury. Blunt-force trauma to the brain can cause recurring health problems, even if the patient in question has recovered enough to resume daily activities or return to work. Missouri car accidents often result in brain injuries, which produce sequelae, or lasting post-concussion syndrome, as it is sometimes called.

Even after a mild head injury, a recovering patient might continue to experience adverse health issues. Such symptoms often include recurring headaches, anxiety, chronic fatigue, insomnia and irritability. Dizziness, light or sound sensitivity, fainting spells and impaired memory skills are also common in patients with sequelae following a brain injury.

Car accidents involving middle-aged people who suffer brain injury

People over age 40 who suffer brain injury in car accidents are far more likely to develop sequelae than those who are younger. There is also reportedly a greater risk of lasting post-concussion syndrome in recovering victims who come from lower education levels and socio-economic backgrounds. Some studies show that females experience sequelae more often than males.

Missouri law allows those who suffer brain injuries in car accidents that were caused by driver negligence to file personal injury claims in civil court. When post-concussion syndrome occurs, it typically means that the person experiencing symptoms will need ongoing medical care, which is expensive, even when there is insurance coverage. If the court rules in favor of a plaintiff in an injury claim, the court will likely enter a judgment for documented monetary damages.