Dizziness after a car accident should not be taken lightly. It’s wise to seek medical attention immediately after the crash and get continuing care if the dizziness lasts beyond the doctor’s expectations.
What Could Cause Dizziness After a Car Accident?
When a collision occurs, the force of impact causes the car to slow or stop suddenly. However, the driver and passenger’s bodies will continue to move. When that momentum is finally stopped, it can result in injuries to the head and neck.
One of the most common neck injuries is whiplash, which may affect areas of the brain controlling balance, coordination and depth perception.
Another common reason for dizziness after a car accident is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). If the head strikes a stationary object during the collision or is whipped around suddenly, the brain can move around inside the skull, causing a concussion or more severe damage. Beyond dizziness, symptoms to watch for include fogginess, confusion or memory loss.
Vascular damage is yet another possible cause for dizziness after a car crash. When the blood vessels in the neck are injured, blood flow to the brain can become restricted. Vascular damage could cause a stroke, aneurysm, or other injuries if not treated.
Should I Be Worried If I am Dizzy a Few Weeks After My Accident?
The Mayo Clinic advises to get emergency medical care if you experience new, severe dizziness or vertigo along with any of the following:
- Sudden, severe headache
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Numbness or paralysis of arms or legs
- Double vision
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Confusion or slurred speech
- Stumbling or difficulty walking
- Ongoing vomiting
- A sudden change in hearing
- Facial numbness or weakness
How to Prove Dizziness Was Caused by Car Accident
Seeing a doctor right away will go a long way towards proving your case. Medical records, along with imaging scans and testimony from doctors, can help establish that your dizziness is accident-related. Neurological tests of your ability to walk and maintain your balance can show proof of your injury, especially if you have no pre-existing conditions that could explain the dizziness.
Regardless of the facts, it’s likely that the insurance company of the at-fault driver will challenge your personal injury claim. For this reason, you should hire an experienced car accident lawyer who knows how to counter disputes from insurers with solid evidence.
Christensen Law Can Protect You After Your Car Accident
If you’re suffering from persistent dizziness following a car wreck, call Christensen Law now. We have the reputation and track record to show that we won’t let you be under-compensated for your injuries.
Christensen Law secured Michigan’s largest ever jury trial award for a traffic crash ─ $17.8 million in damages for a woman’s TBI and other injuries. Past results do not guarantee future outcomes, but they do show how aggressively we fight for our clients — each and every time.
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