Identifying the signs of TBI after a car crash

A Florida car crash can have lifelong repercussions, whether you were rear-ended on the way to the grocery store, T-boned at an intersection or involved in an accident on the highway. Some injuries, such as burns and broken bones, are easily identified. However, when damage occurs inside the skull, symptoms may not present for days or weeks after the crash. We often represent clients with Traumatic Brain Injuries after an accident.

According to the Center for Disease Control, TBI results when there is a jolt or blow to the skull. This can occur when your head hits the steering wheel or window during a car accident. It could also happen if unsecured objects, thrown across the vehicle’s interior by the crash, hit you.

Concussion vs. TBI

A concussion is a type of mild brain injury. A jarring blow to the head jolts the brain inside the skull, affecting brain function. TBIs can have a broad range of consequences, from memory problems and debilitating headaches to permanent brain damage. Due to the physical forces at work in a car crash, the risk of serious brain injury is high.

Subtle symptoms of TBI

In the days following the accident, you may check on your passengers’ health and handle the crash’s aftermath, missing signs that indicate you have a traumatic brain injury. Even if you think you escaped the crash relatively unscathed, you may begin experiencing subtle symptoms that indicate a TBI, such as the following:

  • Numbness or tingling sensation
  • Vision problems
  • Personality changes
  • Excessive drowsiness or sluggishness
  • Persistent headaches
  • Balance problems

Some people also report their sense of taste and smell seem to be off.

You can suffer from traumatic brain injury symptoms for years after an accident, some of which can become incapacitating. A settlement from a car accident claim can help pay for medical costs, lost wages and other expenses related to your injury.