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January 3, 2024 | Personal Injury

Signs of a Brain Injury After Car Accident

Brain Injuries Are Among The Most Expensive To Treat

The CDC reports that patients spent $40.6 billion on treatment for nonfatal traumatic brain injuries in 2021. Furthermore, motor vehicle accidents are the third most common way for brain injuries to occur, even though they may not be detected right away. 

The possibility of a TBI is one reason you should seek medical treatment after a car accident, even if you feel fine at the time. If you have been in a car accident that was not your fault, you need to contact an attorney right away to ensure you get adequate compensation. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. 

What Are the Symptoms of a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injuries can range from a mild concussion to severe injury. Any brain injury should be treated by a medical professional as soon as possible. The following information comes from the Mayo Clinic.

The symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury are:

  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Drowsiness or fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing ears
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to sound

You may or may not lose consciousness with a brain injury, and sometimes you may only lose consciousness for a few seconds without realizing it. While you recover, you may experience memory problems, mood changes, and sleep disturbances. Most mild brain injuries require no other treatment than rest and monitoring. 

What Are The Symptoms of a Severe Brain Injury?

The symptoms of a severe traumatic brain injury are:

  • Loss of consciousness, even for only several minutes
  • Headache that persists or worsens
  • Repeated vomiting or worsening nausea
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Dilation of one or both eyes
  • Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
  • Loss of coordination
  • Profound confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Inability to wake from sleep

Moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries can cause a number of problems that may last for days, weeks, months, or even years. Getting treatment as quickly as possible is key to ensuring that you have a swift and full recovery.

Should I See a Doctor After A Car Accident?

You should always seek medical attention after a car accident, even if you think you are uninjured. Adrenaline is a hormone that increases in times of extreme stress, such as a car accident. This can mask pain and other symptoms. Additionally, you may not realize you lost consciousness until you try to recall details of the accident later.

In addition, the symptoms of a brain injury are not as often detected in children and older adults. The Mayo Clinic warns that you should watch children for incessant crying, changes in eating habits, drowsiness, changes in sleep habits, and the inability to pay attention. Furthermore, the CDC warns that seniors may not present the same symptoms, or their symptoms may be dismissed as part of another condition.

Contact Us Today If You Have Been In a Car Accident

It is important to get medical treatment immediately after a car accident in any case, but particularly if you believe you may have sustained a head injury. After you receive medical treatment and have an idea of the extent of your injury, contact us for a free consultation.
Ajouny Injury Law has been representing car accident victims with traumatic brain injuries for years, and we are eager to represent you as well. Contact us today at (718) 233-3913 for more information.

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