If you have suffered a stroke after a car accident, it could be a result of the crash. While a car accident can lead to head trauma, and traumatic accidents can be very stressful to anyone who is involved, there has not been a link found between traumatic incidents and a stroke. However, physical injuries can indeed result in a stroke. For example, strokes can be caused by carotid/vertebral dissection. Dissections can be caused by many things, including an injury, such as whiplash in a car crash or some blunt force trauma. The dissection happens when the inner lining breaks off and detaches inside the artery.
Signs of Dissection
The stroke does not happen right away after a dissection of an artery. Usually, the dissection has symptoms before the stroke occurs. Those with traumatic physical injuries should notice dissection symptoms before suffering the stroke. The initial symptoms one might experience are often neck pain and head pain, which usually radiates behind the eyes because of the location of the carotid arteries. Some people suffer a whooshing, pulsating sound in the head, which is the blood flowing through the vessels. There could be a smaller pupil in one eye and a drooping eyelid. There could be decreased sense of taste and difficulty swallowing.
Notify Your Physician
If you notice any unusual symptoms after a car accident, you should explain them in detail to your physician. Your physician will know these signs and symptoms, so additional testing will be performed to determine if further damage has been done. If a dissection is caught early, preventative measures can be taken to avoid a stroke. Strokes can lead to irreversible damage that will haunt you for the rest of your life. If a stroke does occur, you need immediate medical care to limit the affects and to reduce the risk of permanent damage that might result in disabilities, limitations, and restrictions that will affect your daily life.
Damages from a Car Accident
A car crash can lead to a variety of damages. Maintaining documentation is essential to a successful personal injury claim. Various damages might result, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, future loss of earnings, future medical expenses, loss of consortium, property damages, and loss of enjoyment of life. All your damages must be included in your initial filing, so you can be fairly compensated for all your losses.
Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in a car accident, you should consult with a personal injury attorney. If you believe you suffered a stroke because of a car crash, talk with an accident injury lawyer right away. A statute of limitations applies. To get your claim on the right track, complete the Free Case Evaluation Form today. Personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Now is the time to recover compensation for your damages.