Victims of New York car accidents can suffer serious injuries, including to their head and brain. If you were left with a TBI, it’s important to know what to do next.
How serious are TBIs?
Traumatic brain injuries rank among one of the most catastrophic injuries after a car accident. Many people who suffer these injuries end up in the hospital. While some make a recovery, others end up dying.
A TBI can be mild, moderate or severe. Some are caused by harsh impact to the skull while others are caused by an object penetrating the skull and piercing the brain.
TBIs are often challenging to diagnose. Sometimes, a person with the injury might not exhibit telltale symptoms. It’s also impossible to detect TBIs through MRIs and CT scans.
Traumatic brain injuries often result in delayed symptoms that could be misdiagnosed as other problems related to a car accident. They are often considered hidden due to other injuries being more obvious. It could take days, weeks or even months for symptoms to finally appear.
What to do for a TBI after a car accident
Even if you don’t immediately show symptoms but suffered impact to your head after a crash, it’s important to get medical attention as quickly as possible. You can get a faster diagnosis and treatment that could possibly save your life. The doctor can refer you to a specialist to determine the extent of your TBI. They might refer you to a neuropsychologist or even a forensic neuropsychologist. The latter can help you determine what damages you could request if you file a lawsuit.
Never ignore getting medical attention and shrug off potential injuries after a car accident. Even when a TBI is more on the mild side, it could worsen if you don’t get the appropriate treatment.
A TBI can dramatically change your life and can even be permanent. It’s important to take the right steps to protect yourself.