Auto accidents are one of the leading causes of head injury among adults in the United States. If you are concerned about your health after a car accident, and if you have sustained a head injury, it is important to speak with a neurologist and cardiologist health specialist about the short term effects of a vascular head injury and the long term impact including the development of dementia.
Vascular dementia symptoms are unique health complications that affect adults who have suffered from a head injury in the months and years prior to the development of dementia. That is to say, when you experience a head injury, the onset of dementia is typically not realized for many years and often is difficult to correlate to the auto accident that has occurred. In addition, the development of a frontal lobe aneurysm may occur which can further complication correlation complications.
If, after an auto accident, you notice that you are suffering from memory loss, personality changes, or even changes in sensory function, this could be indicative of a vascular head injury that, in most cases, will resolve without further complications. When a vascular head injury occurs, however, it is important to work closely with a vascular or neurological specialist who can monitor for potential dementia complications.
Because dementia is an irreversible complication, identifying the complication early is vital to your long term health. By working in brain rehabilitation programs, and working with a vascular surgeon, you can mitigate some of the advanced progression of this disease after your auto accident injury has occurred. In addition, the legal implications for settlement of your claim for damages after an auto accident must be addressed as well as this will ultimately need to include potential damages for your long term care.
In the days and weeks after your auto accident head injury has taken place, you will want to also consult with a mental health professional to obtain a baseline on your cognitive function and emotional health. With this documentation, further assessment into vascular dementia symptoms can be assessed at a later date.
While a head injury is often acute in nature after an auto accident, there are some adults who suffer long term, irreversible, brain damage. If you are concerned about dementia related complications in the years after your accident, be sure to address those concerns with your physician as well as your legal team, handling your auto accident claims.
Sources: Vascular Dementia, by Robert H. Paul