Vehicle accidents happen daily in Indiana. Fortunately, most are minor collisions, and you may walk away from such a crash thinking you are OK.
However, symptoms of an injury do not always appear immediately. For example, you might begin having headaches a few days later. Could this indicate a more serious underlying issue?
Reaction to a crash
The human body is not made to withstand a violent impact without repercussions. So, at the time of a vehicle crash, for example, the body releases adrenalin, which can mask injury and pain temporarily. Even if you believe you are not hurt, it is still a good idea to seek medical attention promptly since you could have underlying injuries.
Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can result from a blow to the head. For instance, if you are the victim of a rear-end collision, you might strike your head on the steering wheel. You could experience a concussion, which is a mild form of TBI, or you might have more serious brain damage. The impact of a crash could cause your brain to move and connect with the inside of your skull. The result could be bruising or bleeding.
The recovery from a concussion might only take a few weeks. However, if your traumatic brain injury is severe, you may need ongoing care and participation in an extensive rehabilitation program. As you can imagine, medical care for TBI can become very expensive. As the victim of a car crash, you have a right to expect compensation to cover your current and future medical expenses and more. Keep in mind that while you focus on your recovery, an advocate can negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf.