On your way home from work, a car slams into the back of your car while you are stopped at a red light. You feel fine at the scene of the accident, but you are a little sore and shaken up.
You realize that something isn’t quite right after you get home. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you need to go see the doctor. You explain to your doctor that you have a slight thumping in your head and that you were recently in a car accident.
The doctor says you have a traumatic brain injury. You are a bit taken aback because you didn’t hit your head, but you learn that you can still suffer a traumatic brain injury based on the violent motion caused by the rear-end crash.
From that point, you are likely to have a lot of questions. Here are some answers to some basic points that you might need to know.
One of the main symptoms of a traumatic brain injury is a headache. Other symptoms are also possible, but might not show up in all cases. These include:
If you are in a car accident and have any signs of a traumatic brain injury, you should seek medical care. This is true even if you just feel like something isn’t right.
You might notice the symptoms of the brain injury while you are still at the scene of the accident. This is likely the case if you bang your head during the accident. If you don’t notice the symptoms right away, you might still have a traumatic brain injury.
The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can show up days or even weeks after the event that caused the injury. For this reason, you should pay attention to how you feel for some time after the rear-end crash.
A traumatic brain injury can lead to medical interventions, such as surgery, prescription medications and rehabilitative therapy. In these cases, you might have to miss time from work. The loss of your income, even temporarily, might devastate you financially.
You have the option of seeking compensation for the injuries you suffered in the car crash. You can seek compensation from the driver who rear-ended you. Other parties, including that driver’s insurance company, might also be named in your civil lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI due to the negligence of another, reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney for help.