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Signs of serious injury following a Florida collision

As a licensed driver in Florida, you are legally obligated to adhere to traffic and safety regulations every time you get behind the wheel. You are fully responsible for your own actions; however, there’s not much you can do to control another driver’s choices or behavior. If another driver hits you, you may suffer serious injury although the symptoms of such injuries are not always immediately apparent.

Because of this delay, it’s a good idea to learn how to recognize signs of traumatic brain injury as this is a common consequence of serious automobile collisions. You might go the hospital and learn that you are free to go home because you seem to be okay other than bruising or lacerations that will heal with time. Sometimes, symptoms of serious injury won’t surface for a day or two or even longer after a collision occurs.

Symptoms that warrant immediate medical attention

It’s common to be sore and upset after you’ve been in a car accident. How do you know what’s to be expected or what prompts a need for further medical examination? The issues on the following list signify that something could be wrong and that you may want to speak with a doctor as soon as possible:

  • Any type of ringing in your ears after a car accident can mean that you suffered a brain injury.
  • Being involved in a collision is highly upsetting, but if you are having serious trouble sleeping or experiencing wide and erratic mood swings, it may be due to a TBI.
  • Vision problems or trouble with other senses, such as taste or smell, may also signify a brain injury.
  • If your walking gait is unbalanced, you should seek immediate medical attention as well.
  • Any head pain or other facial or upper body discomfort may be a sign that you suffered a far more serious injury that you or your doctors initially thought.
  • Cognitive impairment is a common side effect of TBI. If your speech slurs or you can’t form coherent thoughts, it is a possible sign of brain trauma.

You’ll want to make sure the hospital staff knows you were recently in a car accident if you return to the hospital for additional care. Recovering from a TBI can take a long time and in some cases, only a partial recovery is possible. If another driver was negligent and you suffered a brain injury or any other damages because of his or her negligence, Florida law allows you to seek financial accountability against that person.