Many do not know that a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can occur because of any blow or jolt to your head or body. These brain bruises and bleeding can result in short- and long-term medical issues, including death. But, since they are hidden inside our heads, after a car accident, TBIs can remain hidden to Albany, New York, sufferers.
It was a minor impact, so I do not need anything, right?
First, if you were in a car accident, regardless of whether you perceive it as minor, have a checkup, at least, with your primary care physician. If you do not have one, an urgent care center may be a good alternative and it is usually less expensive than an emergency room.
If you do not have health insurance, or your insurance is not affordable, call your insurance company about medical coverage related to the car accident. You may also need to call your attorney. Sometimes, there are options where you are not obligated to pay money out of pocket immediately.
But I feel fine
Remember, TBIs can have long-term consequences that you may not begin to notice for days, weeks or even months later. At times, only those around you will notice some TBI symptoms and the longer you wait, the harder treatment becomes. This is why it is so important to just get checked out by an Albany, New York, medical professional.
How do I know if I have a TBI?
While not all TBI symptoms are readily apparent to the sufferer, some symptoms can be warning signs. After a car accident, if you feel or see clear liquid streaming from your ears or nose, you probably have a severe TBI. If you have lost time, where you cannot remember the moments after the impact, you may have lost consciousness, which makes a TBI possible.
Other symptoms include sensory issues like you have persistent ringing in your ears, trouble communicating or your vision seems odd. Persistent headaches and trouble going to sleep or staying awake are also common symptoms. Persistent nausea, vomiting and fatigue are also signs, along with dizziness and aphasia.
How can others tell if I have a TBI?
Even if you do not have any of these symptoms, those around you may notice that something is wrong. If another person in the car thinks you lost consciousness, even if you do not think that is correct, go to the doctor. Others may notice mood changes and severe mood swings, often culminating in violent outbursts.
Those around you may remark that you seem different since the car accident, but they cannot explain exactly why. Brain injuries can change who we are as individuals, but those changes may not be noticeable to us. However, they may be noticeable to others. Ask your loved ones if they have noticed any changes in you since the car accident.