As you recover from your car accident, you may rely on others to assist you in your daily needs, especially if your injuries were moderate to severe. Hopefully, doctors have given you a hopeful prognosis for achieving a full recovery; also hopefully, you can collect benefits at work to help make ends meet while you’re away from your duties. On the other hand, this description typically applies to a best-case scenario, and more often than not, accident recuperation doesn’t always go as planned.
Your injuries may be worse than you initially thought, perhaps because your full range of symptoms didn’t immediately surface. This is often the case concerning mild traumatic brain injuries. You may have bumped your head upon impact when a drunk driver slammed into the side of your car but thought rest and healing would help you feel like your old self again. However, sleep disturbances began as well as headache and vision problems. Knowing where to turn for support is key to achieving as full a recovery as possible.
MRI and CAT scans often miss TBIs
When rescue workers transported you to the emergency room for treatment following the accident, doctors may have ordered a brain scan when you told them you remember hitting your head against the side of the car. Normal results may mislead everyone involved to believe you do not have a brain injury. The following information shows how such results can be incorrect:
- Many types of mild brain injuries do not show up on CAT scans or MRIs. This is why it’s critical to go back to the hospital if you don’t feel right, even if doctors told you your scans showed no signs of brain trouble.
- Being in a car accident is emotionally upsetting. In fact, it’s not uncommon to feel confused or frustrated following a collision. However, such feelings may also be symptoms of mild brain injury, so it’s always best to mention such issues to those responding to your medical needs.
- At least 15 percent of brain injury victims continue to experience symptoms for an entire year or longer. This is true whether symptoms were present immediately after collision impact or didn’t surface until later.
Delayed brain injury symptoms are often subtle, so you may not be the only one who fails to notice them at first. Your family members or even doctors, nurses and other medical professionals may not realize the extent of your injuries because you may not appear physically impaired.
Watch out for these symptoms
Whether it’s six hours or six days after your accident, any of the following symptoms are definite cause to seek medical attention regarding possible mild traumatic brain injury, especially if you experience more than one symptom at the same time:
- Memory trouble that goes beyond recalling the details of your accident may be a red flag. For example, if you have trouble retaining simple instructions or short lists of numbers and especially if you can’t recall someone’s name who is a close friend or relative, it’s a sign that you may have injured your brain when you hit your head in the collision.
- Difficulty sleeping isn’t uncommon following a car accident; however, if your sleep patterns do not return to normal with appropriate rest and care, it may be due to an underlying injury issue.
- Mood swings, appetite changes, loss of senses of smell or hearing and even feelings of depression or anxiety may be signs that you have suffered a brain injury.
No two recoveries are exactly the same. Sadly, some brain injuries may cause permanent disability. If your accident was entirely preventable were it not for someone’s negligence or recklessness behind the wheel, you should not have to carry the full financial burden associated with the situation. In addition to those who are helping you heal physically, you can speak to other support teams about ways to recover your financial losses as well.