Were you recently involved in a motor vehicle accident in New York? Just coming out of a holiday season, traffic is still quite heavy on most days with people getting in the last of their scheduled parties or heading to department stores to return a few things. Then there's the usual commuter traffic, which you may be part of on a daily basis.
Whether you saw the potential danger but were unable to safely react quickly enough to avert collision or someone suddenly collided with your vehicle with no warning, you now likely carry memories of the moment of impact and those that followed. Have you had trouble sleeping since then? If so, you should know that it's a common after-effect of most car accidents. If you have developed other symptoms, however, you may be suffering from an injury you were not aware of when the accident first occurred.
Matters of concern
There is no guaranteed plan for recovering from a car accident. In fact, you may feel better on some days than others. If any of the following symptoms are occurring, however, they could signify that you may be more seriously injured than you thought:
- Difficulty visually focusing on objects nearby, blurriness or other vision problems
- Drastic changes in personality or sudden mood swings
- Pain in your head, facial or neck regions
- Tingling or numbness in an extremity
- A ringing sound in your ears, either constant or intermittent
- Feeling nauseous or vomiting
Car accidents aren't the only means by which you can suffer a traumatic brain injury. The fact that you were recently in an accident, however, is definitely something you'll want to let a physician know if you go the hospital or doctor's office seeking a medical diagnosis for symptoms mentioned here.
Beyond the physical diagnosis
Learning that the accident that caused your injury was likely preventable were it not for another driver's negligence may evoke feelings of frustration or anger. It isn't fair that you should bear the full burden of medical expenses or other costs associated with your collision if driver negligence or recklessness was a causal factor.
The state agrees, and that is why recovering accident victims are able to seek compensation for damages by filing personal injury claims in civil court. If you do so, you have the task of providing evidence to show the court that someone was negligent and that his or her negligence was the direct cause of your injury.