Did you suffer a head injury in a car accident? One of the leading types of injuries that West Virginia drivers and passengers suffer in car accidents is a concussion, a type of traumatic brain injury. Despite the fact that any type of damage to the brain is serious, these types of injuries often come with the incorrect perception of being relatively minor. Contrary to what you might think you know about concussions, your injury is actually a big deal.
Concussion victims often feel that they have not suffered any type of major injury because they may not feel the effects of it until days or weeks later. A delay in symptoms might mean that you don't fully understand the seriousness of your injury, or the extent to which it can affect your life right away. However, this does not diminish your rights as an accident victim.
The potential impact of a head injury
A concussion is more than just a bump on the head. While some people may recover rather quickly, others find that they struggle with symptoms for days, weeks or months after the initial injury. Some of the signs that your concussion might involve more serious ramifications than you originally thought include:
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping for long periods of time
- Lingering headaches
- Frequent nausea or vomiting
- Fuzzy or blurry vision
- Sensitivity to noise or light
- Balance problems
- Difficulty concentrating
The signs and symptoms of a concussion make recognizing or distinguishing them from other health problems more difficult. In addition, if you have suffered other head injuries in the past, your propensity for suffering from another concussion or more severe concussion symptoms exists. You should seek medical care as soon as possible after an accident or after the appearance or worsening of any symptoms.
Recovering from a concussion
No two concussions are alike, and the severity and type of side effects that you experience will depend on factors such as your medical history, age and the nature of the impact. You may require just rest and time to recover fully, or you may need extensive medical care and miss time from work.
If you suffered your injury as the result of an accident caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another person, you might seek compensation to cover whatever you need to recover. Through a personal injury claim, you can seek damages for your medical needs, lost wages and emotional duress, along with other damages outlined in state law. A concussion is serious, and serious legal action may be required in order to ensure that you get the help you need.