The day you were involved in a motor vehicle collision on a Pennsylvania highway might have started out like any other day. Perhaps, you were making your morning commute to work or were traveling to your favorite restaurant to meet some friends for lunch. You may have noticed signs of danger before a sudden impact occurred or never saw it coming when the other driver hit you.
The moments following a collision can be chaotic and highly stressful, especially if you suffer severe injuries. Then again, serious injuries are not always immediately apparent. In fact, symptoms might not surface for hours or days later. That’s why it’s important to closely observe your condition and to know the signs of complications such as traumatic brain injuries.
Symptoms that warrant medical attention
It’s understandable that you might feel upset, anxious or even confused after a motor vehicle collision. However, if any of the symptoms on the following list should occur, it’s a good idea to seek immediate medical attention:
- If you can’t seem to shake a feeling of fatigue, you’ll want to discuss it with your physician. Tiredness or trouble sleeping can be symptoms of a brain injury.
- You might experience a wide range of emotions after being involved in a collision. However, if you have sudden changes of mood or feel that you’re unable to control your emotions, it could be a sign of an underlying medical problem.
- Any type of facial or jaw pain, as well as headache or other cranial discomfort, is definitely a reason to seek immediate medical attention. It’s important to make sure the attending physician knows you were recently involved in a car accident.
- Feelings of nausea might be your body’s way of letting you know you have suffered a brain injury.
- Cognitive impairment, such as trouble forming coherent sentences or trouble forming your thoughts, is suggestive of brain trauma as well.
While you might have merely had a slight headache (or felt no discomfort at all) in the near aftermath of your collision, that doesn’t necessarily mean you did not suffer injury. It’s better to return to the hospital or make an appointment with your doctor than to not seek medical attention and wind up in much worse condition.
Who pays the bills?
Medical care is expensive, especially under circumstances where your condition requires repeated visits to a doctor or emergency room. There’s no reason you should have to bear the full financial burden associated with your medical care if another person’s negligence caused the collision that resulted in your injuries.
This is why many Pennsylvania accident victims go to court to seek financial recovery for their losses. Damages for which the court often awards compensation include emotional pain and suffering, loss of wages, or fees associated with in-home nursing care.