Brain injuries are common after motor vehicle crashes

Whenever you drive or ride on a motor vehicle, you're taking a minor risk that you could be in an accident. After all, traffic accidents happen every day in Ohio. Sometimes, people walk away from crashes unscathed. Others may experiencing bruising, cuts, broken bones, spinal injuries or even worse.

Brain injuries are also a relatively common injury associated with car crashes. If you lost consciousness, even for a few seconds, you should seek medical care immediately after the accident. Doctors can look at your injuries and determine if you need further testing or observation.

It's important to take brain injuries seriously. Not realizing you have a brain injury could put in you in danger if you try to drive a car or return to work without medical treatment. Sometimes, the worst symptoms may take several days or even weeks to manifest. The sooner you seek treatment and diagnosis, the easier it will be to ensure that you receive compensation and coverage for your injuries.

Brain injuries are often hard to treat

There are a number of ways that you can injure your head or brain in an accident. You could hit it on a window, seat or steering column. You could experience penetrating injuries from flying metal or glass. You could be thrown from the vehicle, which presents many opportunities for severe head trauma. Depending on the severity of your brain injury, you may experience a broad range of symptoms, including:

  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of balance
  • Drastic changes in mood or personality
  • Blurred vision
  • Slurred speech

Depending on the nature of your brain injury, there may be treatment options. Removing a penetrating object or draining accumulated fluid may help. In other cases, those with serious brain injuries require physical and occupational therapy to help address the side effects and symptoms of the brain injury.

You may not be able to work while you recover. In cases of more serious injuries, you may not be able to return to the same line of work. The medical costs from your injury combined with your loss of income can seriously impact your life and financial future.

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