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Texas collision: Symptoms of injury may be delayed

There's a certain amount of inherent risk involved whenever you get behind the wheel or travel as a passenger on a Texas roadway. As a licensed driver, you hopefully stay updated on traffic laws and safety regulations, and fully adhere to them when you drive.

As a passenger or with regard to another driver on the road, there's not much you can do about traffic events as they unfold. You can't control another person's driving behavior. A sudden collision can cause you serious injuries. One of the reasons it's so important to seek immediate medical attention and support after a crash is because some symptoms, such as those associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI), aren't always immediate apparent.

More than 5 million people suffer disability due to TBI

In Texas and throughout the country, millions of people's lives have been drastically changed after suffering a TBI. Many such injuries occur as a result of motor vehicle collisions. Sadly, more than 50,000 people in the United States die each year because of traumatic brain injuries.

You don't necessarily have to hit your head to suffer a TBI

The sudden impact of a collision may cause you to hit your face or head against the dashboard, windshield or door of a vehicle. However, you are at risk for a TBI even if you don't hit your head on the inside of the car. The force of impact can cause a sudden jarring of your neck or head that shakes you hard enough to cause your brain to slam up against your skull, resulting in a TBI.

Closely monitor your condition for symptoms

In the days and weeks that follow a motor vehicle collision, you may experience gradual or sudden changes in your condition. Besides struggling emotionally to recover from the incident, you'll also want to pay close attention to how you feel physically in case symptoms of a brain injury develop.

If you experience dizziness or grogginess, it might be a sign of TBI. Other symptoms of concern include headache or pain in the facial area. Bruising under the eyes or behind the ears is a definite cause for concern, as well as changes in vision, nausea, or vomiting or fluid coming out of your ears or nose.

Getting the help you need to fully recover from a TBI

When reporting symptoms of TBI to an ER doctor or your primary care physician, it's critical that you inform him or her that you've recently been involved in a collision. The treatment and prognosis of your condition depend on the severity of your injury. If you have a skull fracture or a cerebrospinal fluid leak, you may need to stay in the hospital for monitoring.

It's not uncommon to have to take a leave of absence from work if you suffer a TBI in a motor vehicle collision. Lost wages, medical treatment, pain medication and other injury-related expenses can throw your finances off track. Many Texas accident victims seek financial recovery for their losses in civil court when evidence shows that another person's negligence was responsible for their injuries.

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