Bodies try to warn people of illnesses and injuries in various ways. Of course, it is not always easy to know what your body is trying to tell you. You may think feeling sleepy means you need to go to bed and that a little forgetfulness is normal. However, if you have these feelings or others after a serious car accident, they could point to something more serious.
Unfortunately, it is easy to suffer serious injuries in a crash without immediately realizing it. In some cases, signs and symptoms of those injuries can show themselves days or even weeks after an accident. Though it may seem tempting to just brush certain symptoms off as nothing to worry about, if you have recently been involved in a car accident, going to the doctor is wise.
Did you suffer a brain injury?
Brain injuries are common after serious car accidents, and though you may think it is impossible not to know that you have suffered such an injury, it is not unusual for symptoms pointing to a brain injury to show up later. If you have suffered a moderate to severe brain injury, you may have noticed the following physical symptoms:
- Feeling nauseous or repeatedly vomiting
- Having a continual headache or headache that gets worse
- Noticing clear fluid coming from your ears or nose
- Feeling weakness in your fingers or toes
- Losing coordination
- Experiencing convulsions or seizures
You may even find yourself feeling confused or easily agitated after suffering a brain injury. Any behavioral changes after a car accident could point to signs of a serious injury, and having those symptoms assessed by a medical professional could help determine whether you have cause for concern.
Did another person cause your injury?
If you do suffer a serious brain injury, your life could change in significant ways, some of which could be permanent. If another driver’s negligent or reckless actions resulted in the crash that led to this injury, you may have reason to take legal action against that person. A personal injury claim could allow you to pursue monetary compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages permitted under Louisiana law.
Such an undertaking can be difficult and stressful, and on top of your already harrowing ordeal, you may wonder if the effort would be worth it. Fortunately, you do not have to try to handle this endeavor on your own. An experienced attorney could help you throughout your case.