Whether driving on State Route 6, U.S. Route 63 or anyplace in-between, a car accident often results in apparent physical injuries, from scrapes and bruises to broken bones and sprains. Unlike other injuries, head and brain injuries often go undiagnosed for days or weeks. This delay in treatment can result in damage that requires long-term medical care.
The Mayo Clinic reports that blows to the head and sudden violent jolts, such as those experienced in a car crash, often result in traumatic brain injuries with life-altering consequences.
Physical and mental deficits
The pain and disorientation that accompany mild head trauma typically pass in a few days. Moderate to severe TBI often involves physical and cognitive disabilities. While blurred vision and headaches are among the physical issues, you may not recognize cognitive deficits at first. Mood changes, difficulty focusing and depression often occur in the aftermath of a crash. However, these symptoms may signal damage to your brain. Additional indicators include the following:
- Difficulty walking, talking and swallowing
- Inability to recognize an object based on touch
- Difficulty seeing
- Problems remembering and concentrating
Brain injuries affect everyone differently. Receiving appropriate treatment is critical for the best possible recovery.
Rehabilitation after TBI
Although time can heal some of the damage, not all symptoms go away on their own, making rehab a critical part of recovery. Depending on the level of trauma, a comprehensive treatment plan can improve your ability to function. This catastrophic injury may encompass several types of healthcare providers and require months or years of care. If the injuries result from someone else’s negligence, understanding your options is essential for handling the financial issues that stem from the long-term care you need.