When you’re involved in an Ohio motor vehicle collision, the highest post-accident priority is to obtain medical attention. In many situations, however, accident victims appear to be okay but then develop symptoms of injury later. For instance, you might have internal bleeding or a small bone fracture that does not produce immediately apparent symptoms. Traumatic brain injury is a common concern when certain symptoms surface in the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident.

If you’re recovering from a car crash, it is critical that you inform your doctor if you don’t feel well, even if several hours, days or weeks have passed since the incident occurred. There is no harm in seeking additional medical examination. Your doctor can help determine whether there is underlying cause for your symptoms that may or may not be related to your car accident.

Symptoms that may signify traumatic brain injury

As a victim of a car accident, you might be dealing with severe emotional trauma in addition to your physical injuries. These issues often intersect, as high levels of emotional stress can adversely affect physical health. The symptoms included in the following list may be signs that you are suffering from TBI: 

  • Head pain or discomfort: If you bumped your head upon impact when your car accident occurred, your head might be sore for quite some time. However, a headache can also be a sign of TBI, so it’s best to inform your doctor if you suffer a headache in the aftermath of a car accident, even if you have been in recovery for several days or longer.
  • Vision trouble or pupil distortion: Any vision difficulty warrants medical attention during post-accident recovery. Also, if your pupils are not equal in size, it is definitely a sign that you might have suffered a brain injury.
  • Feeling sick to your stomach: Nervousness and stress after a car accident can make you feel ill. However, nausea or vomiting is also a common sign of traumatic brain injury, and it’s best to seek immediate medical attention if these symptoms occur. 
  • Trouble with smells or taste: If you have a bad taste in your mouth or you can’t smell or taste things like you normally can, it might be a sign of brain trauma.

When it comes to post-accident care, feeling “off” in any way warrants further medical attention. Especially if you feel confused, are having trouble sleeping, eating, walking straight or are experiencing other adverse health symptoms, it’s always best to see a doctor because you might have suffered an injury that wasn’t apparent in the immediate aftermath of the collision.

Living with a TBI

If your doctor diagnoses a traumatic brain injury, you may have partial or full disability temporarily or for the rest of your life. In either case, you’ll likely need a lot of help from family, friends and, perhaps, licensed care providers as you strive to achieve as high quality a life as possible. If another driver was negligent or reckless in the crash that caused your injuries, it is often possible to obtain compensation for damages that can help offset your medical expenses and other accident-related costs.