One minute you might be driving along a Florida highway on your way to work, the store or elsewhere, and the next you could be lying in the back of ambulance after another vehicle collides with yours. The impact of a crash can cause severe injuries, including traumatic brain injury, which is not always immediately apparent. This is why it is so important to continue to closely monitor your condition in the aftermath of an accident.
Following a collision, you should begin to feel a bit better each day, especially after a few days have passed. If new symptoms develop or you don’t feel like your recovery is making any progress, it’s a good idea to return to the hospital or, at least, to report your symptoms to your primary care physician.
Headache isn’t the only brain injury symptom
If your head hit the dash when another vehicle struck your car, you might have suffered a laceration or contusion. Even if no visible marks are on your head, you might feel sore or have a headache for hours or days after the crash. It’s always best to inform your medical team that your head hit a hard surface so they can rule out concussion.
It’s possible, however, to have brain injury but not realize it right away. The following list shows additional symptoms that should raise concern because they suggest that you might have suffered a traumatic brain injury:
- Ringing in your ears
- Fluid or blood leaking from an orifice, such as nose or ear
- Vision problems
- Irritability or mood swings
- Sensitivity to light or sound
If you experience any of these symptoms following a motor vehicle collision, whether it’s moments after the impact or days later, it’s a good idea to seek immediate medical attention. Not doing so can wind up making matters worse.
Making sure that you have everything you need in recovery
Even a mild brain injury may require weeks of rest and quiet to fully recover. If you have a more severe injury, you might need to be in the hospital for a while or attend physical therapy session for weeks or months after being released to go home. Sometimes, a brain injury can have permanent consequences, which could impede your ability to function independently on a daily basis.
Being hit with a pile of medical bills can intensify post-accident stress. To alleviate the financial strain of such situations, many recovering accident victims seek recovery for their losses in court against those deemed responsible for their injuries.