Traumatic brain injuries occur when there are jolts, blows, or bumps to the head that are serious enough to cause harm to the normal function of the brain. Traumatic brain injuries can range in severity, but milder traumatic brain injuries are also commonly known as concussions. There are all types of car accident lawsuits that result from a number of reasons and injuries, but concussion from car accident cases are also widespread. In fact, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that falls and car accidents were the top causes of all brain injury-related hospitalizations (52 percent and 20 percent, respectively).
A person may not immediately realize that he or she sustained a concussion. In fact, Brainline.org warns that it can take days (or even weeks) for the signs of a concussion to be apparent. If you or a loved one is involved in a car accident, Brainline also points out some of the signs of a concussion to look for, which may include some of the following:
- Pupil dilation
- Double vision
- Vomiting and nausea
- Loss of consciousness, even if just for a few seconds
- Fluid drainage from ears or eyes
- Slurred speech
- Weakness in limbs or face
- Loss of balance
While these are some of the more serious signs of a concussion, there are also some seemingly mild symptoms that may be present. These symptoms can include headache, sensory issues, changes in mood, dizziness, fatigue or changes in sleep patterns, and memory issues. All of these potential signs should not be ignored following a car accident.
If you or any of the occupants in your vehicle experiences any of these symptoms, it is crucial to seek medical care right away. It is often best to play it safe and seek medical care right after a car accident regardless of any obvious injuries, because some of these injuries may take some time to manifest. For instance, aside from concussions, whiplash is another common injury that is sustained in car accidents, but it is also one with symptoms that may not develop for several days after the accident.
If a negligent driver was the cause of your car accident, you may already be working with an attorney in a personal injury lawsuit. Contact USClaims today to learn more about how you can receive settlement money sooner through a process known as pre-settlement funding, which is also sometimes referred to as a lawsuit advance.