Should You See a Neurologist After a Head Impact?

Problems with the nervous system after an impact to the head can happen because of head trauma, spinal cord trauma, and traumatic injuries to other parts of the body. These types of injuries vary widely in severity, but they can all adversely impact the victim’s quality of life. Neurological injuries can also worsen significantly over time, especially if they are not treated right away. For this reason, it is important to seek medical care if you experience any symptoms of this type of injury.

After getting medical treatment for your injury, your next step should be to speak with an experienced attorney to find out your legal rights and options. So to ensure that you recover the full and fair compensation you deserve, it is best to work with a firm that has specific experience with these types of claims and the proven ability to hold all responsible parties fully accountable.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a big rig accident in the Atlanta area, the attorneys at Bailey, Javins, and Carter L.C. are ready to go to work for you. We have successfully represented accident victims for over 50 years, and we know how to effectively navigate the complexities and nuances involved with claims like these. Call us today at 678-981-5370 to set up a free consultation and case assessment.

When to See a Neurologist After an Accident

Neurologists treat injuries, diseases, and disorders that occur within the nervous system. Some examples include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) – from mild TBIs (also known as concussions) to severe brain injuries with long-term effects.
  • Spinal cord injuries – traumatic disruptions to the spinal column that inhibit the transmission of nerve signals to various parts of the body.
  • Neuropathy – pain, weakness, or numbness in a certain area of the body that is caused by crushed, severed, or compressed nerve fibers.
  • Radiculopathy – compression of nerves that flow from the spinal cord, which can cause pain, weakness, and/or numbness in the arms, legs, neck, and back.
  • Soft tissue injuries – sprains and strains to the muscles along the neck and spine that cause disruptions to the nerve.

There are a number of different symptoms to be on the lookout for after an impact to the head that might indicate a neurological injury and the need to see a neurologist:

  • Severe headaches
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Bouts of severe irritability or anxiety
  • Difficulty with focus and concentration
  • Slurred speech
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, and brain fog
  • Restricted ability to comprehend and retain information
  • Tender, sore, or stiff muscles, particularly in the neck and back
  • Weakness, numbness, or tingling in the legs, arms, fingers, or toes
  • No feeling at all in the legs, arms, fingers, or toes

If you are feeling any of these or similar symptoms, they could be signs of a serious neurological problem and may require immediate medical attention. Do not assume that these symptoms will go away on their own. In fact, it is far more likely that they will become worse if they are not treated.

It is very important to note that symptoms of a neurological injury do not always appear right away after an impact. The trauma of the event can cause shock and put the body on high alert, resulting in an adrenaline rush that might temporarily mask the symptoms of an injury. For this reason, it is always a wise decision to get an evaluation from a skilled medical professional as soon as possible after the crash.

Contact the Experienced Atlanta Injury Lawyers at Bailey, Javins, and Carter L.C.

If you or someone you love suffered an impact to the head in Georgia, seek immediate medical help, then contact Bailey, Javins, and Carter L.C. to discuss your legal options. Set up your free, no-obligation consultation today by calling 678-981-5370 or sending us an online message. We look forward to serving you!