When you were hit by another Connecticut driver as you drove to work or wherever you were going that day, you may or may not have been immediately aware of your injuries. If you broke a bone or suffered lacerations, you might have experienced sudden pain or saw blood on your skin or clothing.
However, if your skull is the bone that broke, you wouldn’t necessarily be able to determine that right away. You hopefully received medical attention soon after the collision. If you were experiencing head pain, ringing in your ears, or trouble with vision or speech, the ER doctors may have ordered an MRI or CT scan.
Diagnosed with a skull fracture
There are numerous types of skull fractures. It typically takes anywhere from six to 12 weeks or longer to fully recover from this kind of injury. In fact, you may be one of many accident victims who suffer permanent effects from a traumatic brain injury, if the skull injury affects the brain.
Closely monitor your condition
In the days and weeks that follow a collision, it’s imperative that you pay close attention to your body and how you feel throughout the day. If you notice bruising behind your ears or have clear fluid or blood draining from your ears or nostrils, it’s a definite cause for a return trip to the hospital.
Take recovery one day at a time
As time passes, it wouldn’t be uncommon for you to have trouble sleeping or to lose your appetite as you recover from a skull fracture. You might also experience light sensitivity or even feel nauseous at times. You’ll want to report any concerning symptoms to your primary care or emergency room physician.
Who pays the medical bills?
Recovering from a skull fracture caused by the sudden impact of a motor vehicle collision takes time. You might need more rest than usual. Sounds might bother you or cause head discomfort, and you may experience a tremendous lack of energy, especially in the first few days of recovery. In addition to physical issues, you might lose wages at work if you have to take time off and face high medical bills. Medical care is expensive, especially if you need surgery or rehabilitative care.
If another driver’s negligence or reckless behavior caused the collision that resulted in your injuries, you shouldn’t have to bear the full financial burden associated with the incident. Many recovering accident victims seek compensation for damages by filing personal injury claims in civil court.