Car crashes are serious events. Even a slow-speed wreck can lead to catastrophic injuries for the victims. A brain injury is possible, which can lead to life-long challenges.
A traumatic brain injury might not be evident right at the time of the crash. It can sometimes takes or weeks for the signs to show up. Getting medical care as soon as you realize something is amiss is critical.
What are some signs of a traumatic brain injury?
The symptoms of a brain injury depend on the area of the brain that’s affected. The severity can also play a role in this. Some of the more common signs of a brain injury include:
- Headache that doesn’t get better
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Seizures or convulsions
- Changes in sleep habits, including the inability to wake up
- Ringing in the ears
- Pupil dilation in one or both eyes
- Confusion and trouble with memory
- Communication challenges
- Agitation and mood swings
- Loss of enjoyment of favorite activities
What are the life challenges that might occur?
Some people who have a traumatic brain injury won’t ever fully recover. This can lead to considerable challenges in every aspect of life. Some individuals might not be able to work after the injury, which means they won’t have an income to support the increase in expenses.
Some victims will need help with daily living activities, including dressing and household tasks. This will fall on loved ones or hired in-home care workers. Having to hire someone to help leads to more expenses.
Victims of motor vehicle crashes can suffer catastrophic brain injuries that require intensive medical care. When the negligence was a factor in the crash, the victim may opt to pursue a claim for compensation. Indiana law requires you to file the claim within a specific period after the crash, so act quickly.