If you got into a car accident and struck your head against the dashboard, windshield or window, it is possible that you sustained a traumatic brain injury. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle accidents are one of the top causes of TBIs. These injuries can lead to serious disability and even death.
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a TBI is crucial to getting proper treatment and seeking compensation. If you suspect an injury and you have not gone to the doctor yet, you should see one as soon as possible. In addition, keep an eye out for these common symptoms of a TBI after a car accident.
You might have dismissed certain signs early on but are noticing them more now. Physical symptoms include:
- Blurry vision
- Trouble balancing
- Speech impairments
Of course, not every person with a TBI will exhibit all of these symptoms. Sometimes, the signs will not be noticeable for weeks or months after your accident.
Have you been more irritable or sad since your accident? TBIs can cause various emotional consequences. You may also experience increased anxiety, depression, impulsive behavior and mood swings. If it has been a few weeks since your collision, you may not associate these emotional changes with your injury.
A TBI can affect your cognitive abilities, too. This may include memory loss, difficulty processing information, impaired judgement and trouble following conversations. Again, these symptoms may develop over a period of weeks or months, so you may not immediately associate them with your accident. If you have noticed a change in your ability to speak, concentrate or complete tasks, you could have a TBI.
Symptoms from brain injuries can impact your quality of life as well as your ability to make a living, but you do have recourse. If a doctor diagnoses you with a TBI from" your car accident, you may be able to receive compensation through insurance or a personal injury lawsuit.