Traveling in Colorado can be an immensely pleasant experience for residents and visitors alike. Of course, that pleasant experience could quickly turn harrowing if another person causes a serious car accident that leaves you or a loved one with serious injuries. Unfortunately, the extent of some serious injuries is not always immediately clear, and some people may think they are fine after a collision but are really suffering.
If you struck your head on something or if an object hit your head during a car accident, you may not fully remember it happening. As the shock and adrenaline affects your feelings after the incident, you may not even register pain or other concerning symptoms right away. However, even if you do not immediately feel hurt, obtaining medical attention after a car crash is wise.
Immediate and delayed symptoms
In some cases, signs of a traumatic brain injury may present themselves immediately. You may lose consciousness or have a penetrating wound to the head that points to possible harm to the brain. You could also vomit or feel unsteady on your feet. In the event that you do not feel any immediate effects, you may want to remember that any of the following concerning symptoms could show up days or even weeks after the incident:
- Having trouble concentrating
- Experiencing sensitivity to light and sound
- Experiencing mood swings
- Feeling especially irritable for little or no reason
- Feeling sad, depressed or anxious when such feelings were not common or chronic previously
- Experiencing disrupted sleep patterns, which could include sleeping more or less than before
To some, these symptoms may not seem immediately concerning, or you may even shrug them off as unrelated to a possible injury. However, if a TBI goes untreated, you could experience even more serious issues as a result, including memory problems, speech issues, hearing loss and sensory damages.
Unfortunately, even with immediate medical attention, TBIs can cause lasting harm. You may find yourself needing various forms of therapy and medical treatments in efforts to address the harm your injury has caused. You may also be unable to return to work or the same type of work, and financial issues could quickly add up. If you do suffer a TBI due to the reckless or negligent actions of another driver, you may want to consider filing a personal injury claim in efforts to seek compensation for allowable damages.