Brain and head injuries are some of the worse types of injuries you can receive when in a car crash. Not only can you see visible trauma like cuts, bruises, and a broken nose, but the damage to your brain can manifest over time. In fact, a leading cause of death in the United States is Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
This is the technical term for brain and head injuries that are severe. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders, it is an injury that is caused by an external trauma or force – for example, when your car is hit and the impact of it causes your head to hit against the steering wheel or window. That head injury then damages the brain.
A car accident attorney can help if you have suffered a brain injury.
The most important thing is for you to get healthy again, and this requires the right type and amount of medical care. Unfortunately, many insurance companies will try to rush you through the care process or deny requests to see a specialist. As an attorney, I can make sure you are not prevented from getting the medical attention you need to feel better and fully recover.
You can have brain and head injuries even if your head did not hit anything.
It is possible for you to suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury even if your head did not directly hit anything. If the impact of the car crash causes whiplash or your head to bounce around, your brain can move from side to side, being damaged in the process. Basically, if your brain is forced to move around inside of your skull, you could suffer an injury.
The symptoms of a brain and head injury are diverse.
You can start out by experiencing small symptoms like a severe headache, dilated eye pupils, or blurred vision. These are signs you should head to the emergency room for a CT scan. You could also have trouble balancing, your arms and legs could feel weak, your senses may not work as well as they used to, and you could feel extremely tired. Warning signs like this are a way for the body to signal that you need to visit your doctor, at the very least. As a car accident attorney, I warn clients of the importance of acknowledging symptoms and seeking treatment, because you cannot claim an injury that is not being treated. Your doctor can check you for TBI by taking x-rays of your neck and skull. They will also look to see if you have any spinal instability or if you have fractured any bones.
Emotional Effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Many people report feeling anxiety, becoming depressed, or having mood swings. Some people also get frustrated or angry quickly instead of being able to work through things like they normally could. It can be hard to tell if you are having emotional difficulty, so if you have been in a car crash recently, ask your family if you have been acting normal or if you seem emotional or out of control. If they have concerns, take them seriously and schedule a doctor’s appointment.
Head injuries are serious, too.
Even if you do not have TBI, you could have a physical head injury that needs attention. Do not ignore cuts or bruises on your face but have them checked out at the hospital instead. This will help to make sure you do not have any hidden problems and that any major cuts can heal properly. As a car accident lawyer, I know that it is better to go to the doctor for a minor problem than to ignore your health and be unaware of an issue that is festering. After all, when it comes time to file a lawsuit, you have to report your injuries. If you are not aware of a problem and leave it out of the lawsuit, you may not be able to go back for more money later.
Call a Car Accident Attorney for Help With Your Brain and Head Injuries.
Receiving the right type of medical care is crucial at this juncture. When talking about your brain, you cannot and should not take the risk of not receiving ongoing treatment. At The Law Offices of J. Chrisp, I can help by protecting your rights, making sure you get to the right doctor, and that you are financially compensated for your injuries.