The toll of a car wreck on the human body is considerable. There are many injuries, including some that are catastrophic, that can occur. These often require extensive medical care that can take up a lot of your time.
If you’re involved in a crash, be sure you pay close attention to how you feel afterward. You should seek medical attention if you notice any of these.
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES
Traumatic brain injuries aren’t always noticeable at the time of the accident. You may start to notice symptoms, such as an unrelenting headache, in the days or weeks after the crash. Even when they don’t seem too serious, traumatic brain injuries can severely damage the brain.
Some people who have a minor traumatic brain injury might only need brain rest as treatment. People who have more serious traumatic brain injuries may need more extensive care, including surgery in the most severe cases.
SPINAL CORD INJURIES
Spinal cord injuries are usually noticeable at the scene of the crash. You may have an immediate loss of use in the affected limb. Some people who have a spinal cord injury don’t have pain because of the adrenaline and the shock of the accident.
The evaluation you receive when you seek medical care will determine the level of the injury and the type of injury you suffered. The effects of the spinal cord injury are always below the level of the injury, so upper-level injuries will affect more of the body.
Incomplete spinal cord injuries are more likely to have a favorable recovery than a complete injury. An incomplete means some of the nerves at the site of the injury are still connected. The nerves are fully severed in a complete injury.
Catastrophic injuries require long-term medical care. This can be quite costly, and it occurs when a person might be unable to work. Seeking compensation is one option that’s possible if the crash was due to negligence by another driver. Having someone on your side can take some of the stress off you during this process.