Car crashes can wreak havoc on the body. The more violent the crash, the more serious the injuries are in most cases. One injury that is especially troubling — and often left undiagnosed in the period immediately following a car accident — is a traumatic brain injury.
If you are in a car crash, you should seek out a medical evaluation. This is true even if you don’t feel like you were injured since internal head injuries can be hard to self-diagnose.
Here are six common questions-and-answers about car crashes and brain injuries:
You don’t have to hit your head during the accident to suffer from a brain injury. Some brain injuries are caused by the shaking of the head in a violent manner. Think about the shaken baby syndrome and you can get the gist of how serious these injuries might be.
Some symptoms of a traumatic brain injury won’t be evident right away. It might be a few days or even weeks before you know that you suffered a brain injury. This is one reason why having a medical evaluation and following up with your doctor are important after you are in a car accident.
The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury vary based on the location and severity of the injury. Some of the most common symptoms include dizziness, a headache, nausea, vomiting, trouble staying awake and difficulty concentrating. More serious signs of a brain injury include losing consciousness or having blood or fluid leak out of the ears.
Traumatic brain injuries can be very serious. Some of these injuries can lead to global defects that can impact every aspect of the victim’s life. For example, a person who has a severe traumatic brain injury might not be able to work. Some patients might die because of these injuries.
Victims of traumatic brain injuries might miss out on income. They might have trouble living life like they are accustomed to. The victim’s family members can also suffer because of the injury. Children, for example, might have trouble adjusting to the injury. Young children might wonder what happened to their parent and why their parent can’t interact with them in the usual manner.
You can seek compensation for the effects of the crash if the cause was another person’s negligence. Your claim can include compensation for all the damages you suffered because of the crash, including noneconomic and economic damages.