Any injury you suffer in a motor vehicle collision has the potential to be quite serious. When that injury involves your head or brain, it could actually prove to be life-altering. After all, your brain is the most important part of your body.
The synapses in your brain contain every bit of information you've ever learned. They also dictate your mood and personality. Your brain is in control of everything from your ability to voluntarily control your body to involuntary actions such as breathing.
When you hurt your brain, there can be a wide range of potential medical consequences. Car accidents can easily cause traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), so it is wise to understand the potential symptoms and side effects of such an injury.
After a crash, analyze your experience for potential head trauma
There are certain circumstances in which your risk for a head injury increases substantially. One of those circumstances is any car crash in which you strike your head. Whether you hit your forehead on the steering wheel or the side of your head on the window, a traumatic blow to the skull can result in swelling or bruising of the brain.
However, in the tumult of a crash, you may not realize that you hurt your head. If you experience a loss of consciousness, even for a few seconds, that is a sign of a potential brain injury. Similarly, if you experience rough shaking, such as the motion caused by a rolling vehicle, you should be wary of a potential TBI.
Seek a medical evaluation after a crash where you hit your head, lose consciousness or experience rough shaking. In any of those circumstances, there is a potential to develop brain injury symptoms. Even if you feel okay immediately after the accident, it is still possible that you suffered a brain injury.
Early treatment is key to mitigating the consequences of a head injury
The sooner you seek medical evaluation and receive care for a brain injury, the better your potential prognosis. Left untreated, the swelling and bruising on your brain may get worse over the upcoming days and weeks. The damage that it does over time could leave you with much worse symptoms than what you experience at first.
Minor TBIs often result in headaches, nausea, blurred vision and dizziness. More severe TBIs can cause vomiting, changes in mood and personality, issues with vision and a host of other symptoms. The exact location of the injury within your brain impacts what symptoms you experience.
It is better not to leave anything to chance when it comes to your brain after an accident. If you do wind up diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury after a crash caused by another driver, you should look into the laws in Georgia about your right to seek compensation for medical costs and lost wages.