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Do you have a post-accident headache that won't go away?

Sharing California roadways with tractor-trailers and other vehicles can be downright dangerous. No matter how cautious and alert you are when you're behind the wheel, there's no telling what another driver might do at any given moment that might place you in harm's way. If a negligent or reckless driver causes a collision that results in injury to you or your loved one, it may take a long, arduous recovery to help you be well again.

The problem is that not all injuries are immediately apparent. If a sudden impact causes you to lose consciousness, you are likely to be moderately to severely injured, perhaps even in a life-threatening situation. Such a loss of consciousness calls for a medical checkup at once. However, just because an emergency room doctor releases you from the hospital doesn't necessarily mean problems won't arise down the line. That's why it's important to know the signs of post-accident distress, as well as where to seek support, as needed.

Injury symptoms that warrant immediate examination

You may be one of many California accident victims who suffer from traumatic brain injury. Such injuries can produce symptoms right away or even days or weeks after an initial incident. The following list includes signs that you might have a brain injury:

  • It's normal to feel stressed and tired after having been involved in a car accident. If you experience unrelenting fatigue, however, it might be a surface sign of a more serious underlying problem, such as a brain injury.
  • Any discomfort in your head or facial areas may be symptoms of TBI. Even if a doctor already examined you, such symptoms warrant a return trip to the hospital or your primary care physician.
  • When you walk, do you feel unsteady? Any tilt or wavering in gait is cause of concern because this is a common symptom of TBI.
  • Most people feel irritable on occasion. If you are suffering chronic irritability or mood swings after a car accident, however, you may want to mention your condition to your doctor.
  • Sleep or appetite disturbances may also signify a brain injury.
  • If you're having trouble concentrating or are struggling with memory loss, it's important to rule out TBI as a causal factor.

Even if you visit a doctor multiple times in a month, it's far better to report symptoms and seek medical examination than to disregard your body's attempt to signal a possible problem. A traumatic brain injury can range from mild to debilitating. Either way, you'll likely need specialized care in the hospital, or at home as you recover. It's also highly unlikely you'd be able to return to the workplace, at least for some time.

Who pays for accident-related expenses?

It's not uncommon for California residents who suffer brain injuries to have repeated medical visits, physical therapy or daily living-assistance care. Such care is typically quite expensive, and there's no reason you should be footing the entire bill if another person's negligence caused your injury. State law allows accident victims to seek monetary judgments against those deemed responsible for their injuries.

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