If you were recently involved in a Texas collision, you may still be struggling to recover. You hopefully received medical attention in the immediate aftermath of the crash, even if you did not have apparent injuries. One of the biggest concerns for collision victims is possible brain injury. This occurs if you jarred your head or bumped it up against a window, steering wheel or dashboard upon impact.
The symptoms of traumatic brain injury do not always surface right away. This is one of many reasons it’s important to closely monitor your condition in the hours and days that follow a motor vehicle collision. If, at any time, you don’t feel well, it is perfectly acceptable and recommended that you report your symptoms to a licensed physician.
Issues that warrant concern
It’s understandable that you might be emotionally upset long after a collision has occurred. It is not uncommon to have trouble sleeping or to have bad dreams as your mind tries to process what happened. However, if you are suffering chronic fatigue, it might be a sign that you have suffered a brain injury. The issues included on the following list are also cause for returning to the hospital or your primary care physician:
- Not only head discomfort or pain suggests a possible brain injury after a vehicular collision. If you feel facial pain or pressure in your eyes, ears or anywhere in your neck, facial or head regions, it is a symptom that you should report to a doctor.
- As mentioned earlier, you may struggle to recover emotionally after a car accident. However, if you’re experiencing random mood swings or uncontrollable emotions, it may be a symptom of traumatic brain injury.
- Any difficulty in forming coherent speech is also a red flag regarding possible brain injury after a motor vehicle collision.
- Unsteady gait when walking, dizziness, nausea, trouble staying awake or mental confusion are also symptoms that suggest further medical examination is necessary.
As for traumatic brain injuries, being involved in a motor vehicle collision is not the only incidence that can result in this type of injury. Sports accidents, physical assault and military combat are also issues that are often key factors in TBI.
If someone else caused your injury
If you seek medical attention and doctors rule out traumatic brain injury, that’s good news. However, if you do have a TBI, you’ll likely need additional medical treatment, and maybe even long-term care. Such care is expensive, and there’s no reason you should bear the full financial burden for injury someone’s negligence caused.
This is why Texas law allows TBI patients whose injuries occurred because of another person’s negligence to seek financial recovery for damages in court.