A car accident can happen at any time, resulting in life-changing injuries. While a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is often recognizable from bleeding, slurred speech, or unconsciousness, some car crash victims may experience symptoms days or even months after the incident.
Recognizing TBI symptoms
Not everyone who suffers a brain injury will experience the same symptoms, which can make it hard to recognize a TBI. However, knowing what signs to watch out for may help victims receive the medical attention they need and claim damages. Traumatic brain injuries can be classified in two ways: a mild TBI (also known as a concussion) or a moderate to severe TBI. Several adults with a mild TBI reported experiencing new or worsening symptoms after a year. The chances of noticing new or worsened symptoms may be even higher for those who incurred more severe injuries. After an accident, be sure to keep an eye out for these symptoms:
- Mood swings
- Slurred speech
- Sensitivity to light or sound
Victims with undiagnosed TBI may continue to live life as usual and put themselves at risk. However, any delays to medical treatment can cause further health complications. A medical diagnosis can also help the victim file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver or their insurance.
Claiming damages after delayed symptoms
Unfortunately, experiencing delayed symptoms of a TBI can interfere with the victim’s chances of receiving compensation. Insurance companies may argue that too much time has passed for the injury to be connected to the accident.
Traumatic brain injuries can lead to personality disorders, disabilities, and sometimes death. Dealing with a TBI can also put the victim under a financial burden.
If you experience new or worsening symptoms from injuries related to your accident, take time to go to the emergency room for an accurate diagnosis. Consulting a lawyer may also help you recover fair compensation for damages such as medical bills and lost wages.