It doesn't matter whether you are at work or on your own time, suffering a head injury in an accident can be cause for concern. Head injuries can be tricky since you may not realize the severity of them until hours or even days after the initial blow. That's why it's important to have a doctor check you out after an accident.
Like many people, you may be too busy handling the aftermath of the accident to worry about whether you hit your head. Even so, at some point, the pain and other potential symptoms are going to creep up on you, and it may be a good idea to slow down and take care of yourself.
Troubling Signs After a Blow to the Head
You more than likely expect to have a headache and maybe some dizziness after a blow to the head, but you may want to watch for the following symptoms that can indicate something worse than just a mild concussion:
- Trouble walking
- Trouble talking
- Trouble breathing
- Pupil dilation
- Different sized pupils
- Weak limbs
- Numb limbs
- Bloody or clear drainage from nose or ears
If any of these symptoms worsens rapidly, that is also a sign that you need medical attention right away. If you passed out for any length of time or experience seizures, you may want to head to an emergency room immediately. Doctors can perform certain tests to determine the severity of your injury and devise a treatment plan.
What Comes Next?
Medically, that depends on the severity of your injury. There may not be any definitive answers to what lingering or lifelong issues you could have as a result of your head injury. Your doctor may provide you with a prognosis and additional signs to watch for as you recover.
Legally, if your accident occurred at work, you may be able entitled to benefits from South Carolina's workers' compensation system. Those benefits are designed to cover your medical costs and needs along with a portion of your income while you are unable to work. Additional benefits may be available depending on your long-term medical prognosis. If your accident occurred on your own time and the negligence of someone else caused your injuries, you may be able to file a personal injury claim seeking compensation for your injuries.
In either situation, you may benefit from having a legal advocate at your side to inform you of your rights and help you through the process. During this time, you should have the freedom to focus on your recovery, and having help could allow you do to just that.