After a car accident, you may feel fine other than bruises and some aches and pains. What you may not realize is that you have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Symptoms of a TBI may not manifest for several days after an accident. Therefore, it’s essential to recognize the signs that may indicate you have a serious medical condition.
What is a traumatic brain injury?
Traumatic brain injuries occur when you receive a sudden, violent blow to the head, which causes the brain to move within the skull. Car accidents are one of the most common causes of TBI’s.
Most times, you will notice symptoms right away; however, there are some reasons why it may take days or weeks to appear, such as:
- Delayed swelling
- Slow bleeding
- Bruising and tearing of the brain tissue
- Neurochemical changes that take time to manifest
- Subtle cognitive symptoms
Early diagnosis is the best indicator of a positive outcome, so after an accident, it’s crucial to have a complete medical exam, including a CAT scan. You should also be alert for the following symptoms:
- Balance problems
- Poor coordination
- Convulsion or seizures
- Emotional or behavioural changes
Even if your initial symptoms seem mild, they could indicate severe internal damage that may worsen over time. Your recovery may be a lengthy process, depending on the extent of the damage. Treatment options may include:
- Complete rest
- Rehabilitation therapy
It’s essential to take the time to fully recover, as another brain injury could lead to permanent damage and disability. Therefore, it’s necessary to receive compensation if you are hurt in an accident. Knowing that your bills and medical expenses will be covered will allow you to focus on your health and well-being.