Not all crash injuries show broken bones or gushing blood. It is not uncommon for a British Columbia motorist to walk away from a car accident without a medical evaluation only because everything seems fine. However, cases have been reported in which such a person collapsed and died a few days later because he or she suffered a brain injury that went undetected. Symptoms of serious conditions sometimes present days or even weeks after an accident, while a doctor might have identified it during a proper medical examination immediately after the incident.
Following an automobile crash, it is important to note as many details about the scene as possible — even if a passenger, family member or friend takes notes and photos if the driver is rushed off to the hospital. The details may make a difference to the successful pursuit of recovery. Similarly, all medical records related to the accident must be kept for the same reason.
Follow-up visits to a physician may be important if delayed symptoms develop in the days or weeks following the accident. Symptoms such as lightheadedness, headaches, nausea, blurred vision and more can be indications of traumatic brain injuries. Strange tastes in a person’s mouth and mood swings are other signs of TBI.
Finally, it is important to know the British Columbia statute of limitations. Waiting too long to seek recovery of damages may lead to disappointment. A consultation to discuss the viability of a lawsuit with an experienced personal injury lawyer may be the most appropriate step for any car accident victim. A lawyer can ensure the timely filing of a claim in a civil court. In addition, he or she can provide the necessary support and guidance throughout the legal proceedings in pursuit of a monetary judgment to cover financial and emotional losses.
Source: expertbeacon.com, “Protect your health and accident case with a traumatic brain injury”, Brent Adams, Accessed on April 21, 2017