The potential traumas of collisions on your brain and spinal cord
Auto accidents, even minor collisions, pose a risk to your head and back. Not only can damage to your central nervous system be difficult to heal, but it can also be life-altering and expensive. This is why it’s important to know how to recognize, catch early, and fight for damages after a collision-caused brain or spinal injury.
Recognizing the Symptoms
Head and spine trauma are common injuries in auto accidents, but that doesn’t mean they’re minor. This is why both doctors and lawyers alike highly recommend visiting a medical professional and/or a chiropractor as soon as possible after a collision. Professionals can see issues before symptoms even begin with the help of MRIs and years of professional experience. If you were recently involved in a collision and are experiencing symptoms such as
- Blurred vision
- Loss of consciousness
- Numbness in extremities, or
- Slurred speech,
you should seek medical attention immediately. If you were in a major collision and are feeling multiple of these symptoms, you may have suffered a catastrophic injury.
Injuries to the spinal cord can have lasting and devastating consequences, including nerve damage and paralysis. Spinal injuries can occur in many locations along the spine, but are normally centralized around the neck and are a result of whiplash. Other injuries include slipped or herniated discs and fractured vertebrae. Spinal injuries are often eligible for high damage claims due to their severity and chronic nature.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Traumatic brain injuries describe instances where head and brain injuries cause physical and/or chemical damage to the brain cells, often resulting in permanent damage. TBI is not necessarily life-threatening, but repetitive injuries can dramatically increase the risk of terminal damage. Causes can be whiplash, being hit, falls, and collisions. TBI can lead to behavioral changes and can severely impede everyday life, which is why recovering damages after suffering from TBI is vital for getting back on your feet.
Fighting for Damages
Head, brain, and spinal injuries can occur from any auto collision, which is why you should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after learning about your injuries. Damages are available whether you were involved in a car, motorcycle, or trucking collision. Most personal injury lawyers have FAQs on what to do immediately after a collision to maximize damage claims and ensure the smoothest litigation process possible.