While most major injuries are apparent right after an auto accident, some, like traumatic brain injuries, may appear later. If another motorist hit your vehicle, your head may have jolted forward upon impact. Even if you felt shaken up on the scene, you may have left it without seeking treatment. Yet, doing so can be perilous, since traumatic brain injuries can have serious – and sometimes fatal – effects.
Signs of a traumatic brain injury
Traumatic brain injuries happen after a sudden, rough and violent movement of – or impact to – the head. Rarely discernible right away, your symptoms may show up days or weeks after your injury. Most traumatic brain injuries are mild and are commonly known as concussions. Yet, auto accidents can cause moderate and severe injuries as well. If left untreated, these could lead to long-term complications, disability or death.
Signs you may have sustained a traumatic brain injury in your auto accident include:
- Persistent, worsening headaches
- Slurred speech
- Frequent nausea and vomiting
- Confusion and agitation
- Different-sized pupils
- Coordination and memory issues
- Loss of consciousness
Filing a personal injury claim
Because Georgia observes at-fault auto insurance laws, any personal injury claim that you file must go through the responsible driver’s insurance company. When making your claim, you must include records of any medical treatments and expenses related to your injuries. If the effects of your injuries are lasting, you must also account for any pain and suffering you have experienced.
Keep in mind that the insurance company’s initial settlement may not reflect the full value of your claim. Or, they could reject your claim outright. In these cases, you can pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver. In Georgia, the statute of limitations for doing so is two years after your date of injury.