One of the most common injuries to result from a car accident is a traumatic brain injury. The force from a car accident can easily damage the brain, even if the skull is not penetrated in the crash. However, open head injuries or penetrating head wounds can make the situation worse. Here’s what to be mindful of regarding car accidents and brain injuries.
Get Medical Help Right Away
The most important thing you can do after being involved in a car accident is go to the emergency room. Even if you feel fine or uninjured, getting checked out is critical for two reasons. One: it can provide you with the documentation you need in order to file a car accident claim later. Two: brain injuries can be subtle and may not be noticeable right away. Undergoing specific tests like an X-ray, CT, or MRI at the hospital is necessary to ensure that your brain is free from trauma.
Symptoms to Watch for After a Car Accident
After you or a loved one are hurt in a car accident, there are certain symptoms you want to be on the lookout for. Report any of the following symptoms to your doctor immediately or go to the emergency room:
- Memory problems
- Difficulty speaking or slurred speech
- Double vision
- Nausea or vomiting
- Problems with muscle coordination
- Loss of senses, including taste or smell
- Headaches or dizziness
- Sleep problems, including wanting to sleep a lot
- Difficulty thinking or concentrating
- Trouble having a conversation
- Mood swings
- Impulsive behavior
When to Contact an Attorney
After getting medical help following a car accident, your next call should be to an attorney. In many cases, doctors have difficulty relating an individual’s injuries or condition back to the car accident that caused it. This is particularly true in cases where a brain injury was not discovered immediately following the crash.
At Sarkisian Law Offices, we have worked with hundreds of families who have been involved in a car accident that resulted in serious brain injuries. We can help you get ongoing medical care and can help you file a claim for compensation if the accident was caused by the negligence or carelessness of someone else.
Contact us today for a consultation to discuss your case in detail by calling (219) 942-7171 or (219) 477-3998. We are available now to get you the help you need after a devastating car crash.