The aftermath of a New Hampshire motor vehicle accident can be a stressful time for a recovering victim. In addition to the physical and emotional needs of a person who was recently involved in a crash, there are many issues to deal with, such as car repairs or replacement, insurance matters and more. If you are in the first few days of post-collision recovery, it’s also important to monitor your health, in case new symptoms arise that suggest a potentially serious, underlying problem, such as a brain injury.
If the forceful impact of another vehicle colliding with yours knocked you unconscious, a doctor may have already diagnosed you with a concussion. However, there are numerous symptoms that may arise in the hours or days that follow a car accident, which merit a return trip to the hospital to undergo tests that can confirm or rule out severe brain injury.
If you experience these symptoms, you might have a brain injury
It is not uncommon to notice fluctuation in your emotions and physical health after an automobile collision. If any of the symptoms included in the following list occur, however, it might be evidence of a brain injury:
- Your speech slurs when you try to speak.
- You feel uncoordinated or clumsy (off-balance) when you stand or walk.
- You have noticed feelings of severe irritability, agitation or restlessness.
- There are waves of nausea or dizziness.
- You have vomited.
- A seizure or convulsions have occurred.
- Your vision is impaired.
- Someone has had a difficult time rousing you from sleep.
While this list is not extensive, the symptoms mentioned here are suggestive of brain injury after a collision. It is always best to seek immediate medical attention if any of these symptoms arise during post-collision recovery.
Brain injury often has lasting implications
If another vehicle hit you as you were traveling on a New Hampshire highway, and you suffered a brain injury, time will tell how full of a recovery you are able to achieve. Sadly, severe head trauma often has permanent consequences. It is critical that you are able to obtain all the support, treatment and care you need, which may be on a temporary or permanent basis, depending on your condition.
When another driver’s negligence was responsible for an accident that has resulted in post-collision symptoms of brain injury, state law allows you to seek restitution in court. Many recovering accident victims have used court-awarded compensation to help offset their medical bills and other expenses they’ve incurred in connection with a New Hampshire car accident.