When you are involved in a serious collision, one of the major injuries you should be monitoring yourself and loved ones for is a brain injury. Brain injuries have the potential to start minor and worsen over time, because swelling and fluid build-up may place pressure on the brain and cause further damage as time goes on.
It’s a good idea to call 911 after a crash if any kind of head injury is suspected. Even if you feel fine at the moment, that injury may go on to worsen as time progresses. On top of this, getting medical care shows that you felt an injury might have taken place and starts a paper trail that you may use as you work to obtain compensation after a collision.
What will happen if a brain injury is discovered?
If you go to the hospital and a brain injury is discovered you will be treated based on the severity of that injury. For example, if there is swelling but no real bleeding or risk of hemorrhage, you may stay in the hospital overnight for monitoring and then get to go home. Symptoms like headaches and memory issues will be monitored, and you may use anti-inflammatory medications or other treatments as prescribed.
If you have a more serious injury, you may be hospitalized, have to have surgery or be placed on a specific medication to help manage your symptoms. Some people go on to have occupational or physical therapy.
Our website has more on traffic accidents and what to do if you’re injured. You may be able to seek compensation from the at-fault driver to help pay for your care.