Many car accident victims suffer from some form of head injury. The impact behind a crash can easily lead to a concussion, bruising on your brain, internal bleeding, swelling of the brain, a fractured skull or worse.
The severity of head injuries varies, but all should be closely monitored after an accident. Head and brain injuries can have long-lasting consequences if they are not properly cared for. Do you know how to recognize a head or brain injury?
Know the symptoms
Symptoms can vary based on the nature and severity of your injury. Some of the most common indicators of a head injury include:
- Blurry vision
- Loss of conscienceless
- Inability to focus
- Loss of balance and coordination
Some very severe injuries may result in seizures, a coma or even death. Symptoms may not be apparent immediately after your accident. Pay careful attention to how you are feeling for days after the crash.
What should you do after an accident?
Regardless of whether you suspect a head injury, you should seek medical attention soon after your car accident. Many head injuries are invisible to the naked eye, but may require care to properly heal. A doctor can conduct the tests and scans necessary to properly identify any areas of concern. Depending on your injury, they may prescribe rest, medication, surgery or rehabilitation exercises.
If you have a brain injury, it may not be safe for you to operate a car. Ask a friend to take you to the doctor, or call a ride-sharing app if no one is available to help. A brain injury can easily distort your vision, response time, coordination and decision-making abilities, placing you at greater risk for an accident.
You may be concerned about the expense of diagnosing and treating a head or brain injury. However, if your accident occurred due to another driver’s reckless or negligent behavior, you may be able to secure the financial security you require with a personal injury suit. This may cover your medical costs and rehabilitation efforts, helping you on the path towards a healthy future.