When the crash occurred, you may have hit your head on something inside your vehicle. You didn't see any blood and you may have felt fine at first, so you didn't think anything was wrong.
The problem is that you may have suffered a closed head injury and may not have known it until the symptoms hit you after the adrenalin and shock of the accident wore off. By then, more damage may have occurred that made matters worse. The different types of closed head injuries indicate the severity of them.
You may have suffered a concussion
Even a mild concussion can upset your life for a while. The following symptoms could mean you suffered a concussion:
- Ringing in the ears
- Slurred speech
If you experience one or more of these symptoms in the first few days after your accident, you may want to see a doctor to make sure that you only suffered a concussion. If your symptoms progress as follows, you could be suffering from swelling of your brain or intracranial pressure:
- Personality changes
- Changes in sensory perception
- Nerve damage
- Communication difficulties
- Post-concussion syndrome
These symptoms indicate something much more serious than a mild concussion and need medical attention right away. What you make think is simply a mild concussion could actually lead to a life-threatening situation.
Could it be an intracranial hematoma?
You may have heard those words in any number of television shows or movies when a doctor is describing a brain injury. As cliché as it may sound, this is a real and dangerous injury. Blood could pool in your head, but since it's not designed to drain so much blood at one time, your brain tissue becomes compressed. You could walk around for a while with such an injury and not even know it until it becomes a potentially deadly medical emergency. This is yet another reason why you should see a doctor as soon as possible after an accident.
Did you suffer a brain contusion?
Between 20 and 30 percent of all brain injuries fall into this type. Basically, it's a bruise on your brain. The problem is that the brain is not designed to absorb blood like the rest of your body, so you could suffer neurological damage from a brain contusion. You could also suffer an increase in pressure as well.
In any case, it may be a good idea to seek medical attention as soon as you can after an accident, even if you feel fine. The results of an examination could surprise you. You may require further medical care or you could just be out of commission for a few days. In any case, your life was disrupted by the negligence of another driver, and you may be able to pursue compensation for damages allowed under Florida law such as medical bills and lost wages.