Did you suffer a brain injury in a car accident?
Being involved in a car accident is very stressful. Not only do you have to worry about the legal and financial implications, you also have to worry about any injuries you may have suffered. Some injuries are obvious, such as a broken arm or a laceration on the body.
However, other injuries are less obvious in nature, like brain injuries.
Many people who have been involved in car accidents do not realize that they have suffered a brain injury until weeks or months after the accident took place. By this time, it is often too late to get insurance companies to help pay for medical treatment and other expenses. Worse yet, it might be too late to make a full recovery if treatment does not begin as soon as possible.
In order to avoid this happening to you or someone you love, it's important to be able to recognize the common signs and symptoms of brain injuries. According to the Mayo Clinic, brain injury symptoms can be physical, sensory or cognitive (mental) in nature.
Physical symptoms of a brain injury that is mild in nature include: loss of consciousness or passing out for a few seconds or minutes; feeling dazed, confused or disoriented; headache; nausea; vomiting; fatigue or drowsiness; trouble sleeping; sleeping more; feeling dizzy or having poor balance.
Sensory symptoms of a brain injury that is mild in nature include: blurred vision; ringing in the ears; bad taste in the mouth; trouble smelling; sensitivity to lights and sounds.
Cognitive (mental) symptoms of a brain injury include: problems with memory; problems concentrating; changes in mood or mood swings; anxiety or depression.
In children, signs of a brain injury include:
- being uninterested in favorite toys
- changes in eating or nursing
- persistent and inconsolable crying
- irritability that is unusual for the child
- attention problems
- sleep changes
- acting sad or depressed
Adults or children exhibiting any of these signs and symptoms should see a doctor immediately to be evaluated for a brain injury.
Additionally, it would be wise to meet with an experienced personal injury lawyer if you believe that the injury resulted from a motor vehicle accident. A lawyer can help make sure that you get the compensation that you are entitled to, including for medical treatment and rehabilitation, if it is necessary.