Car accidents start and finish in a matter of seconds. One moment you are calmly heading toward your destination, and the next, you are in disarray at the side of the road. Your car may be clearly damaged. Under the shock of the situation or switching to survival mode, you may also be in physical pain but unable to realize it.
Following the crash, it’s essential to detect significant injuries, especially traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Getting treatment as soon as possible will begin with a diagnosis, so it’s vital to track your symptoms beyond seeing a doctor. Here is a quick guide to see if your crash resulted in a TBI:
Physical symptoms of a TBI:
- Headaches, dizziness and/or nausea
- Seizures and/or convulsions
- Losing consciousness, drowsiness, and/or unable to wake up
- Fluid in ears and/or nose
- Dilated pupils and/or blurred vision
- Poor coordination
- Trouble speaking
Mental symptoms of a TBI:
- Feeling unsettled and/or confused
- Trouble concentrating and/or memory problems
- Depression, anxiety and/or mood swings
- Difficulty speaking
- Sleeping issues
This list isn’t expansive, so speaking with a medical professional is necessary. Plus, the impact can be a short-term injury or a lifetime condition, so getting a recovery plan sooner rather than later is crucial. No matter the extent of your injuries, clinic and hospital visits can quickly add up. On top of that, missing out on work or being unable to care for loved ones also comes with costs.
Whether your injury impacts your life briefly or into the future, you deserve justice for the loop the car accident has thrown you. Advocating for yourself and speaking out about symptoms is a good starting point. But meeting with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible will also help you maximize your recovery and compensation.