Anytime a Texas resident walks away from an accident, he or she probably feels lucky. Some people believe that, since they have no visible signs of injury, they are fine. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case.
Some injuries don't make an appearance until hours or days after the accident. One of those injuries is a closed head injury called an epidural hematoma. The medical community calls it "closed head" because no outwardly visible signs of it exist.
What makes this injury so dangerous?
The lack of obvious signs makes an epidural hematoma the most dangerous of the closed head injuries. In fact, many emergency room doctors and neurologists nicknamed this the "talk and die syndrome" because of the absence of visible symptoms. In some cases, the only clues that elude to this condition are the fact that something struck you in the head, and perhaps, symptoms that range from a coma to blurred vision to a mild headache.
You could walk, talk and go about your daily life while you experience bleeding between your skull and brain. Eventually, the amount of blood and the pressure on the brain catches up to you, and it could happen suddenly. The condition is certainly life threatening. If not diagnosed in time, it could be deadly, which is why this condition has earned its nickname.
Whether you hit something with your head during the crash, something hit your head, or your head shook side to side or back and forth during the accident, you should never take it lightly. Even if you feel fine and don't see any signs of an injury, you should seek medical attention right away and ensure that doctors know you could have a closed head injury.
What about your financial losses?
After diagnosis of an epidural hematoma, you could spend a significant amount of time in the hospital and recovering. During this time, you may not be able to work, and the medical bills could pile up. You have enough to worry about during this time, including whether you could suffer any permanent brain damage from your ordeal.
If another driver caused the accident that caused you to suffer from talk and die syndrome, you may pursue compensation for your financial losses, both current and future, by filing a personal injury claim in a Texas civil court.