Motor vehicle crashes are the second most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in the U.S., accounting for about one in every five instances of the injury. A TBI can range from mild (such as a concussion) to severe. Symptoms may go away within a couple of days or, in serious cases, could permanently alter someone’s life.

A TBI can be difficult to get a handle on, however. That’s because in some cases, even early symptoms may not begin to show until long after the cause of the injury.

What to watch for after a crash

According to the Mayo Clinic, a traumatic brain injury can affect your concentration, memory, balance and coordination, even when not severe. Initial symptoms of a concussion might include a headache or pressure in the head, a sense of confusion or feeling of fogginess, nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, fatigue and more.

Symptoms that may not develop until days later include:

  • Concentration and memory issues
  • Personality changes, such as irritability
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Poor sleep
  • Depression and other psychological adjustment problems
  • Taste and smell disorders

A life-changing injury

There are additional, more serious symptoms that should signal to you something may be quite wrong. This can include:

  • Repeated vomiting
  • A headache that gets worse, not better
  • Seizures
  • Slurred speech
  • Obvious difficulty with mental tasks or coordination
  • Vision or eye disturbances
  • Dizziness that doesn’t go away
  • An inability to recognize people or places

If you notice these in yourself or a loved one, seek emergency care.

If a TBI of any severity leads to costs such as medical expenses or lost wages, it may be time to consider filing a personal injury lawsuit. California’s statute of limitations for a civil personal injury lawsuit is two years. However, if an injury such as a TBI doesn’t reveal itself until later, victims may have options for seeking compensation further into the future.

If you are injured in an accident, please call 877-PAYAMLA for a free consultation.