Minor vehicle accidents happen every day in California, and you might walk away from a collision feeling somewhat frazzled but otherwise OK.
However, a few days after the crash, you find you are having trouble concentrating and remembering things. Are these issues crash-related and should you see a doctor?
Symptoms of an injury resulting from a vehicle crash may not appear immediately. This is because the human body reacts to a violent impact by releasing adrenaline, which masks pain and injury temporarily. So, if you begin to notice indications that something may be amiss such as unusual concentration or memory issues, it is time to seek medical attention. A vehicle crash that occurred hours or days before may have caused a head injury.
Vehicle crashes are a common cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI). You might have a concussion, which is a mild form of TBI caused by a bump to the head. In more serious crashes where the impact is greater, the brain can move and push against the inside of the skull, causing bruising or bleeding. Along with concentration and memory issues, symptoms include headache, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, balance problems, blurred vision or changes in sleep patterns.
Short- and long-term consequences
The symptoms of a concussion will normally disappear within a few weeks. However, the effects from a more serious TBI may last a lifetime since some of the damaged brain cells can no longer communicate with healthy brain cells. Long-term medical care for TBI is costly. Even if you only suffer a concussion, you have the right to expect sufficient compensation to cover your medical expenses, any lost wages and more. While you focus on recovery, your advocate can negotiate with the insurance company to obtain maximum compensation on your behalf.