Getting a concussion in a car accident is uncommon. Many people think concussions aren’t a bit deal. However, they are brain injuries no matter insignificant they may seem. It’s important to know what to do if you have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury.
What is a traumatic brain injury?
Traumatic brain injuries can be sustained as a result of impact to the head such as in a car accident or when an object penetrates the skull. TBIs can be mild, moderate or severe. However, even those that are mild can have a serious effect on a person. It’s common to deal with various symptoms such as headaches, confusion, difficulty concentrating, anxiety, coordination issues and even cognitive impairment.
What should you do after a brain injury?
After you have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, you shouldn’t just accept your situation. TBIs can significantly affect your life and can result in ongoing medical treatment, which means you can be left with high medical bills.
In addition to being examined by your own primary care doctor, it’s wise to see a neurologist who’s skilled in the area of TBIs. A neuropsychologist or forensic neuropsychologist can also help you if you plan on filing a personal injury claim against the driver responsible for your car accident. A neuropsychologist can help you by understanding the severity of your TBI and devising an appropriate type of treatment.
A forensic neuropsychologist is a professional who can help you in your personal injury claim by attesting to the nature of your injuries and how they could affect your everyday life. They can also use the results of your diagnostic tests and the severity of your injury to determine what you might expect in damages if your lawsuit ends up successful.
A traumatic brain injury can change your life and make things you once took for granted challenging. This is why it’s so important to hold the at-fault driver liable.