The Common Injuries Associated with Car AccidentsThere are a number of injuries that victims of car accidents could suffer. Some of these injuries include neck injuries, back injuries, spinal injuries, fractured bones, lacerations, nerve damage, muscle damage, sprains, strains, and bruising, for example. Other common injuries consist of head injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Although all other types of injuries can be very dangerous, head and brain injuries are easily some of the most concerning. Force to the head could result in a mild concussion or a severe injury. Many people are aware that head and brain injuries could affect cognitive abilities, speaking abilities, and even learning abilities. But in women, these injuries could affect the menstrual cycle – women might suddenly stop menstruating after suffering a head or brain injury in a car accident.
Brain Injuries and Menstrual CyclesA head injury is described as any sort injury to the scalp, skull, or brain – ranging from bumps and bruises to traumatic brain injuries. Some of the most common head injuries include concussions and fractured skulls, for instance. Head injuries have the potential to affect the brain – and how the brain functions. Brain injuries could cause specific systems in the body to simply stop working (or to stop working correctly). In specific, concussions and brain injuries can severely affect both the endocrine system and the pituitary gland in the brain. The endocrine system consists of the pituitary gland, parathyroid glands, thyroid gland, adrenal glands, pancreas, and both the ovaries and testicles (in females and males respectively). All the glands mentioned above secrete the different hormones that are essential to bodily functions. The pituitary gland, is often considered to be the most important gland of the endocrine system, specifically because (when stimulated by the hypothalamus) it releases the hormones that control the other glands in the body (which release additional hormones). The hormones secreted by the pituitary gland include the following:
- ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone), which stimulates the adrenal glands for the production of cortisol
- GH (growth hormone), which controls both bone and tissue growth as well as the maintenance of the balance between fat and muscle tissue
- LH (luteinizing hormone), which regulates estrogen in the body
- Prolactin, which regulates the development of female breasts as well as milk production
- TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone), which stimulates the production of other hormones necessary to regulate the metabolism
The Complications Associated with Stopped CyclesMenstruation is essential for women’s health. Menstruation allows the body to release tissue that it doesn’t need. When a woman doesn’t have a period, her body does not function as it is supposed to. This can create a host of issues directly associated with a lack of menstrual periods. The absence of menstruation is called amenorrhea. Besides the lack of a period, amenorrhea is characterized by hair loss, headaches, changes in vision, excess growth of facial hair (and body hair in general), acne, and pelvic pain. In addition, a lack of a menstrual period could result in infertility and osteoporosis.
Establishing Liability for the Harm SufferedAfter a car accident, it is possible to hold the at-fault party (or entity) liable for the harm suffered. Although some people might believe it is absurd to hold a party liable for a lack of menstruation, the possibility shouldn’t be disregarded. As explained above, a brain injury could lead to the loss of menstruation – and it certainly makes sense to hold a party liable for a brain injury. Liability is based on negligence – which consists of four different elements. The elements of negligence are duty of care, breach of duty, cause, and harm. Essentially, a party or entity owes another party a specific duty of care. The duty of care is breached and causes an accident which results in harm. How does this translate to car accidents? All drivers have a specific duty of care towards other drivers on the road. Likewise, the city and transportation agencies have a duty to keep road conditions safe. When drivers exercise recklessness behind the wheel and city agencies fail to keep up with road maintenance, for example, they are breaching their duty of care to all drivers on the road. The breach of duty could cause an accident, which could result in significant harm.
Learn more about your legal options by chatting with a representative now.If the brain injury that you suffered can be directly related to the car accident, you might have grounds to clearly establish liability. If you would like to learn more about establishing liability for auto accidents, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our lawyers as soon as possible.
Your Right to SueIf your menstrual cycle stopped after being involved in an accident in which you suffered any sort of head or brain injury, you might have developed many other complications directly related to the loss of your menstrual cycle. Regardless of the specific harm that you suffered, your harm was a direct result of a car accident; therefore, you could establish liability for the accident and pursue a claim. You have the right to sue for the harm that you suffered in association to your car accident. Your right to sue is simply based on the fact that you were owed a duty of care that was breached, leading to the accident and the harm that you suffered. If you would like to learn more about your right to sue for the car accident harm that you suffered, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our experts as soon as possible. Our lawyers will help you gain a better understanding of your right to sue.
Your Right to Monetary CompensationWithout a doubt, you could pursue a claim if the harm that you suffered was a direct result of the negligent actions of a party or entity. Do you also have the right to recover monetary compensation? Depending on the specific details of your claim, you could be eligible to recover compensation. For a brain injury that affects your ability to naturally have a period (and affects other normal bodily functions), successful claims could result in the recovery of at least some sort of compensation. Depending on the details of your claim, you might be eligible to receive compensation for at least some of the following:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages