After becoming the victim of a rear-end collision, you may not think you sustained any injuries. Many people walk away from this kind of accident, more concerned about the damage to their vehicles.
However, it would be a good idea for you to seek medical attention. Some injuries are not immediately apparent, and a traumatic brain injury is one of them.
Vehicle accidents and falls are responsible for most of the 2 million traumatic brain injuries that occur annually in our country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 286,000 TBIs result from traffic accidents every year. Even minor accidents like rear-end collisions can cause concussions or mild brain trauma, which, in turn, can result in long-term memory and thinking issues.
Even if you feel well enough following the collision to drive home, stop to see a doctor on the way. At some point after the rear-ender, you may experience dizziness, balance problems or headaches. You may feel drowsy, disoriented, unaccountably depressed or anxious. Many symptoms of a brain injury can take hours, or even days, to appear following an accident.
Chance of recovery
Once the body stabilizes after a brain injury, the brain cells begin to repair themselves and create new pathways through the damaged areas. However, they need help to keep going, and that is where rehabilitation comes in. With therapy, someone with TBI can relearn skills and compensate for the impairment the accident caused. For example, if you sustained a brain injury because the sudden jolt of the rear-end collision caused your head to strike the steering wheel, you may have trouble concentrating or remembering things. You will have some level of impairment to deal with throughout your life, but rehabilitation can help you work around the deficits and achieve worthwhile goals.
As the victim of a rear-end collision and a head injury patient, explore your legal options promptly, and help those busy brain cells keep up the good work. You have a right to expect full and fair insurance compensation to cover your current and future medical expenses and more.