Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. What some people don’t realize is that the symptoms of this type of injury might not be present at the scene of the wreck. Sometimes, the victim won’t realize that there’s anything amiss until weeks after the crash.
Another misconception that people sometimes believe is that a person has to hit their head in the wreck in order to suffer a TBI. It’s possible that one of these injuries can occur without the person hitting their head. The violent back and forth motion that comes with the major impact of the crash can cause damage to the brain.
What are the signs of a brain injury to watch for?
There are many signs of a brain injury that can occur after a car wreck. You should be mindful of how you’re feeling in the weeks following the crash. Some signs to watch for include:
- Persistent headaches that don’t get better
- Trouble with communication, including speech
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Sensitivity to sound or lights
- Mood swings or confusion
- Changes in sleep habits
- Difficulty concentrating
- Challenges with memory
Anyone who’s involved in a car wreck should ensure they get medical care to evaluate them for injuries after the crash. When there’s a serious injury present, they might need extensive medical care. Seeking compensation for the financial damages that occur in the crash is possible if the other driver was reckless or negligent. Maryland law sets time limits for filing the case, so be sure that you act quickly to get this taken care of.