It is summer in Florida, and the season comes with its own set of dangers and hazards on the road. Many families take long road trips and drivers may become drowsy, and construction is a serious concern during the summer. When a person is injured in a car accident, traumatic brain injuries are one of the most damaging things that can happen. They can differ in severity and may not show up immediately.
In an accident, a brain injury can be caused by blunt force trauma or even a quick, hard movement back and forth. There is a long list of symptoms that should be watched for, as injuries can show up anywhere from days to weeks after a car accident.
According to brainline.org, you should seek medical attention immediately if you have vomiting or nausea, clear fluid coming from the ears or nose, change in or loss of consciousness, seizures or convulsions, double vision or unequal dilation of the pupils. You may also notice weakness of the legs, face or arms, loss of balance or slurred speech if you have a brain injury.
There are other symptoms of brain injuries that are common and should be monitored. Sensory problems such as a bad taste in the mouth, loss of taste or smell, ringing in ears, seeing stars or blurred vision. Any sensitivity to distractions, sounds or lights should be a concern. Those with brain injuries also deal with anxiety or depression, a lack of motivation or energy, problems with memory, mood swings or changes, headaches and loss of balance or dizziness.
If you have been in an accident, no matter how severe, and you are concerned you have a brain injury, it is important to address it early. You may want to seek medical attention no matter how minor the accident seemed.
This information is for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice.