Were you or a family member in a car accident? Some injuries do not show up right away. For example, a brain injury can result if you hit your head. It can also occur simply from the impact of the accident. If you do need medical care, you can receive payment for these costs if another person was at fault.

See your doctor if you notice these signs of a brain injury. You should also talk to an attorney to ask about a personal injury claim. Most lawyers do not charge unless you receive a settlement for medical bills and lost wages.

Do I have a brain injury?

Brain injuries can be mild or very serious. Either way, it is important to seek medical care.

After a car accident, you may notice various symptoms:

  • Feeling confused or having trouble concentrating
  • Headache
  • Dizziness, vomiting or nausea
  • Difficulties sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Blurry vision
  • Light or sound sensitivity
  • Feelings of depression or anxiety

These signs indicate a mild brain injury, such as a concussion. In addition, moderate to severe brain injuries may cause other effects:

  • Seizures
  • Numb or weak fingers or toes
  • Dilated pupils
  • Unable to be awoken from sleep
  • Clear fluid drainage
  • Slurred speech
  • Unusual behavior

What should I do next?

For the mild signs listed above, visit your doctor or your local emergency department. For more severe symptoms, call 911. A brain injury is a medical emergency that should receive treatment right away. With treatment, most people who have a brain injury recover within a year, although some may have ongoing issues. Without medical treatment, serious complications including coma can occur.

After a car accident, it is important to speak to an attorney to protect your rights. If signs of a brain injury manifest later, compensation may be necessary for time lost from work and other issues.