In the aftermath of a car accident, you may not realize for days, weeks or even months that you suffered a head injury. Most people may assume that receiving a blow to the head during a car accident is something they might remember, but, unfortunately, that is not always the case.
Some victims have little to no memory of the accident and failed to receive a full medical examination afterward. In fact, many head injury victims do not realize that they have a traumatic brain injury (TBI) until they began noticing odd symptoms.
Common symptoms of brain injuries
If you suffered a blow to the head, you may have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Even a “mild” TBI can affect nearly every area of a victim’s life. It typically has a profound impact on how they receive and process information and how they communicate. These injuries can also cause serious physical reactions, like ongoing headaches and nausea, or even seizures. A TBI victim may also experience vision or hearing issues.
Some of the most destructive symptoms affect the victim’s ability to focus on tasks and complete them. After a TBI, a victim may struggle to complete tasks that were simple to accomplish before the injury. In many cases, the injury also creates increased volatility, causing victims to lash out at those around them or become temperamental when facing challenges.
On top of this, victims often have great difficulty understanding the meaning of sentences they read or hear in conversation. In many cases, victims retain their understanding of individual words, but lose their ability to understand the contextual meaning behind them.
Protect your rights and future
After any car accident, it is always wise to seek a qualified medical professional who can give you a complete examination. The sooner you can identify your injuries, the sooner you can move on to treating them and preparing for your recovery. In cases that involve head injuries, the recovery may take quite some time.
Without an understanding of the medical issues at hand and a strategy for protecting rights to compensation, a head injury can wreck the victim’s professional and personal life quickly.
If you or someone you know suffered a blow to the head or began acting strangely after a car accident, seek medical attention as soon as possible. A personal injury claim can also help cover medical expenses as well as lost income.