Car crashes can lead to a host of serious injuries. Some of these injuries can be life threatening. One very serious injury that occurs sometimes is a head injury.
Head injuries in a car crash can happen if you bang your head on the steering wheel or on the door. In some cases, you don't even have to hit your head on anything. It is possible to suffer a brain injury just by your head moving back and forth or side to side in a violent manner.
Range of injuries
Brain injuries can range from temporary to life long. It depends on the location and severity of the injury what you will have to deal with when you have a brain injury. The larger the damaged area, the more likely that you will suffer from longer-term effects of the injury than if you had only a small area affected.
Not all brain injuries are evident right away. It is possible that you won't notice the brain injury for days after the car accident. You have to pay close attention to how you are feeling so that you can notice any symptoms that might signal a problem. Headaches, changes in the way you sleep, and vomiting are some of the signs of a brain injury. You might also notice that your ears are ringing or that you are dizzy.
Diagnosis and a treatment plan
If you think that you have a brain injury, you need to seek out medical care. Once the extent and type of brain injury you have is know, a treatment plan is developed. The treatment plan could be as simple as you going home to rest for a few days. In more serious cases, the treatment could involve hospitalization, surgery and invasive procedures. The doctor who is overseeing your case will determine a treatment plan and you will have to either follow it or work something else out with the doctor.
The financial impact of a brain injury is considerable. Not only will you have to deal with the medical bills that come in from the injury, you will also have to deal with the loss of income if you have to take off of work. You may also have other expenses, such as for care assistance if you are unable to do things for yourself. In some cases, you can seek compensation from the driver who hit you. This can help to minimize the impact the accident has on your finances.