The day of the crash, you might have simply gotten behind the wheel to head out to work like you do every day. Perhaps you kissed your loved ones goodbye and quickly exchanged words about who needed to be where later in the day. As you were driving, you may have even been pleasantly surprised that traffic was moving smoothly and you did not have to worry about being late for work.
When the other driver ran a red light and smashed into the side of your vehicle in the intersection, your entire day (and maybe, life) changed in an instant. Seeking medical attention after a Pennsylvania motor vehicle collision is always a high priority. Emergency room doctors can assess your condition and provide much needed support. However, not all injuries are immediately apparent.
Symptoms that are cause for concern
Even if the ER docs release you after treating visible injuries, it’s always a good idea to closely monitor your condition in the days and weeks that follow a collision. The following list includes symptoms that suggest traumatic brain injury, which means experiencing one or more of these issues warrants further medical attention:
- Do you have trouble forming coherent thoughts? It’s understandable to feel shaken or confused immediately after a collision, but such symptoms should quickly subside once you receive aftermath care.
- When you stand up and try to walk, if you feel dizzy or clumsy, you’ll want to immediately alert your medical team, as this can be a symptom of traumatic brain injury.
- If you feel like you can’t wake up when you sleep or that you can’t sleep at all, either issue may be a sign of a serious, underlying problem.
- Mood swings, intense irritability or trouble controlling your emotions are also symptoms that suggest you may have suffered a brain injury in the crash.
- Head pain, facial pain, neck pain or any upper body discomfort should also be causes for concern.
These are only a few of many concerning issues that suggest you may have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to blunt force trauma in a car accident. In short, if you experience any post-accident pain, discomfort or adverse symptoms, it’s imperative to seek medical attention and to make sure the attending physician knows you were recently involved in a car accident.
Paying for medical expenses
Post-accident medical care can be expensive. There’s no reason you should have to deal with the burden of financial distress for after-care expenses related to a collision you did not cause. Many Pennsylvania accident victims seek financial recovery for their losses to help offset expenses associated with their injuries.