Victims of Massachusetts car accidents often experience profuse bleeding or broken bones that require an immediate trip to the emergency room. However, damage to your brain may be more subtle. While penetration wounds do occur and tear the brain tissue, sudden movements and hard impacts may cause swelling and hemorrhaging as the brain shifts position within the skull. This type of damage may cause a variety of symptoms.
One of the most recognizable signs of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a coma in which the patient’s alive but unresponsive. Other signs of a TBI that might appear immediately following an accident are:
- Difficulty communicating
- Different sized pupils
A police officer or paramedic will assess the situation and arrange for an ambulance if they feel the condition warrants immediate medical attention. Otherwise, they may caution an individual to seek medical help if the symptoms worsen or continue for more than a few days.
It can take brains weeks to recover after car accidents occur. Be prepared to take action if you notice any of the following warning signs:
- Constant headaches
- Bad taste in mouth
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty concentrating
- Heightened emotional responses
- Memory problems
- Vision problems
- Coordination problems
- Speech problems
Some of these problems might appear to be mild, but they may indicate a more severe problem. Don’t diagnose yourself.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should contact your personal physician or a neurologist. Don’t forget to mention that you were in a car accident, even if that incident happened months ago. Your brain might eventually repair itself, or you may require medical intervention to prevent permanent damage.