Trauma to the head following a car accident can be disastrous. It could lead to a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and your life may never be the same. Your career, social circle, relationships with family and friends may all be affected once you suffer a TBI.
Given that many TBIs are closed head injuries, it is important to be aware of the signs to look out for if you or your loved one has been involved in a car accident.
Symptoms may be physical or cognitive
The signs to look out for may include changes in your mental state or any sort of trauma. They include:
- Losing consciousness
- Memory loss
- Inability to speak or understand language
- Balance disorder
- Dilated pupils, among others
Some of these signs may appear on the spot or much later after the accident. Therefore, it is important not to downplay anything you feel, even days after an accident. A mild concussion can turn out to become a full-blown crisis in a matter of hours, which is why it is advisable to seek medical attention no matter how you are feeling.
Treatment may involve medication or surgery. However, recovering from physical symptoms does not mean you are out of the woods yet. Brain injuries have been linked to the development of mental disorders such as depression or personality changes among victims, and these may not be as easy to treat.
Safeguarding your legal rights
Was your TBI a result of someone else’s negligence? Then you need to take action against them and recover the damages you’ve suffered. Treatment may be a costly affair, not forgetting the lower quality of life expected after a TBI. Getting compensated will help you adjust to life at your own pace, without the worry of your financial security.