One of the most common injuries after a car accident is head trauma. This is when your head is forcefully hit, causing extreme damage. However, the symptoms of head trauma may take a while to show up, sometimes even days or weeks after the accident. So if you find yourself dealing with a headache out of nowhere, do not ignore it. See your physician immediately.
Common Head Injuries Experienced As A Result Of A Car Accident
There are several injuries that can occur because of head trauma during a car accident. Headaches are a symptom of the following injuries:
● Concussion - This is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that happens when the force of impact causes your brain to hit the inside of your skull. It can lead to changes in your brain chemistry and kill brain cells. Concussions are serious, even those classified as mild, and they can significantly affect your cognition and motor function.
● Contusion - This is a bruise that develops on the brain when your head is hit with extreme force. Brain contusions are not like the contusions you get on the rest of your body. In fact, they can be severe enough to trigger hemorrhages that leak blood into the brain. A contusion also impacts the brain’s ability to function and may require surgery to treat.
● Coup-Contrecoup - This TBI is caused by the brain jerking suddenly in the skull. It happens often during rollover collisions. This injury is a result of the brain striking the skull on multiple sides, causing severe issues and symptoms.
● Diffuse Axonal - This is a type of TBI that occurs from extreme rotation or shaking during a vehicle collision. It is common in high-speed car accidents. Diffuse axonal severely impairs cognition and requires extensive medical treatment.
All of these TBIs are serious, but all of them can take time to manifest. They can also be life-threatening when treatment is not immediately provided. If you experience a headache after an accident, you may have one of these injuries and need to visit your doctor as soon as possible.
What Happens If I Am Diagnosed With A TBI?
It can be scary to receive a diagnosis for any of these issues. TBI impacts many aspects of one’s life, and it is challenging to treat. It may also take years of medical care, therapy, and pharmaceutical treatments for the patient to lead a normal life again. Those are all costly and can be even more taxing if your TBI puts you out of work.
However, you do have options. If the TBI was the result of a car accident, you can file a claim with your insurance to recover damages.
How An Attorney Can Help With TBI
TBI requires expensive medical treatment. However, according to Florida state law, if the accident where you sustained the injury was the fault of another person, they legally owe you for the cost of the damages. Those include the medical treatment for your TBI.
Unfortunately, filing a claim is not straightforward as insurance companies go out of their way to not pay what is owed. An attorney can help with that problem. They will document your injuries, calculate the costs of treatment, and fight for your right to a fair settlement.
If you live in Southwest Florida, give The St. Pete Lawyer, Attorney Michael Babboni, a call. For over 30 years, he has been helping auto accident victims get the resources they need to have their TBI treated. Contact him at 1-787-321-9200 to request a free case review and learn more about what he can do for you..