If you are exhibiting any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from a serious head injury. Car accidents are the top cause of traumatic brain injuries. The sudden impact of a blow to the head, such as hitting the steering wheel, can cause immediate damage.
However, the damage may not be obvious at the scene of the accident. In fact, you may only recognize minor symptoms over the following days and weeks, such as a constant headache or feeling unusually sleepy.
This is particularly true of what doctors call a "closed head injury," or simply any head injury that does not result in a fracture to the skull.
Closed head injuries are often hard to diagnose because the symptoms vary so greatly. If you have been struggling with any of the following symptoms ever since the accident, you may be suffering from a hard-to-diagnose closed head injury:
- Trouble balancing
- Vomiting or nausea
- Ringing in your ears
- Partial loss of hearing, sight, smell or taste
- Problems concentrating
- Trouble remembering
- Trouble speaking or forming sentences
- Personality changes
Once you have a diagnosis of a closed head injury, you will want to consult with an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney who can explain your rights and options.