The Importance of Monitoring a Head Injury After An Accident
Many victims are too stressed and are uncertain of how to proceed after being in a car accident. Your adrenaline is pumping and you’re too caught up in the moment to realize any injury you may have. While going to the emergency room may be the furthest thing on your mind, it is always wise to err on the side of caution. Getting a medical evaluation following your accident will help ease your mind and any hidden symptoms you may have.
Some injuries may not be obvious
A head injury following the accident may not present any signs or symptoms for hours or even days. In one instance, you may be aware that you hit your head during the accident, but believed at that time, you didn’t hit your head hard enough for you to exhibit any signs or symptoms. In another instance, you may have a traumatic brain injury or whiplash if you show signs of disorientation or confusion just from stress alone. Regardless of any obvious symptoms, you may have a concussion or a more severe traumatic brain injury that requires you to seek medical attention for diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment recommendations.
Even if you show no signs or symptoms hours or days after the accident, it may ease your mind if you go to a doctor to rule out any head damage or injury.
Diagnosis can help your legal claim
In order to be successful in your claim and be entitled to lost compensation, you need to provide ample evidence of your injuries that you sustained. If you delay or have delayed seeking medical treatment until days or weeks after your accident, it will be challenging to prove that your injuries were caused by the negligence of another driver. If you have chosen not to get a medical diagnosis, proving your injuries will be challenging. Therefore, it is important to receive medical attention while doing so in a timely manner even if you think you aren’t showing any symptoms.
You should have a doctor promptly evaluate any head injury, minor or severe as soon as possible. How and where you hit your head during the accident and your reaction to the injury are important to note. Any symptoms that have occurred after the accident are important to be aware of such as:
- Confusion or drowsiness
- Memory loss
- Nausea and or vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Pain or numbness in any body part
- Difficulty walking
- Irrational behavior
If you are experiencing any of these signs it is important to get help immediately. Even if your symptoms are mild or you don’t show any signs, it may still be possible that you have had more significant damage to your brain or its surrounding areas than you may realize.
If you have a head injury or have been treating the symptoms of your head injury following a car accident and want more information regarding your legal rights to compensation, you should contact The Los Angeles Injury Group as soon as possible.