The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says Americans spend more than 1 million days in the hospital each year for injuries related to automobile crashes. Crash injuries from one year alone create, on average, $18 billion in lifetime medical costs.
Millions of Americans also go to emergency rooms after being injured in a crash. Those visits have an average cost of $3,300, and many victims require hospitalization, which adds roughly $57,000 to a person’s medical expenses over their lifetime.
Look for symptoms of traumatic brain injury after a crash
Automobile crashes are one of the most common causes of significant brain injuries. While symptoms may not appear serious immediately after a crash, seek medical attention for any injury and look for physical and cognitive signs, such as:
- Losing consciousness for minutes or hours
- Headache that is persistent or gets worse
- Nausea and repeated vomiting
- Seizures or convulsions
- One or both pupils becoming dilated
- Fluids, usually clear, draining from ears or nose
- Difficulty waking up when sleeping
- Numbness or weakness in toes or fingers
- Coordination difficulties
- Confusion or fogginess in thinking
- Unusual or combative behavior
- Slurred speech
Seek medical attention immediately when symptoms occur
A mild traumatic brain injury usually has temporary symptoms that may just require rest to go away. However, severe traumatic brain injuries can result in physical damage to the brain, including bleeding, bruising and torn tissues. If you experience any of the above symptoms, see a doctor immediately.
Seek legal representation for crash injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can cause long-lasting, or sometimes permanent, conditions that create massive medical debt, lost wages and related costs. An experienced personal injury attorney here in Arizona can help you recover compensation for injuries that occur as the result of someone else’s negligence.