Brain injuries refer to damage to the brain caused by an external physical force such as a car accident. Brain injuries sustained in a car accident often go unnoticed by victims, as symptoms may not appear for weeks. Common brain injuries include concussions, contusions, blood clots, hemorrhaging and edema.
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that affects your brain and function. A blow to the head usually causes concussions. Some concussions cause you to loose consciousness, but oftentimes they do not. Signs and symptoms of a concussion include:
- Headache or pressure build up in the head.
- Temporary loss of consciousness.
- Confusion or dizziness.
- Ringing in the ears.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Slurred speech.
- Delayed response to questions.
A contusion is simply another word for bruise. When a contusion occurs the subsurface tissue is injured but the skin is not broken. Symptoms vary from minor to life threatening and it is possible to experience no symptoms at all. If you do experience a contusion, the following symptoms will occur:
- Alternations in personality as well as reductions in intelligence.
- Difficulty understanding speech.
- Memory changes.
- Localized numbness or tingling.
- Difficulty coordinating movements.
- Difficulty speaking.
- Problems paying attention.
Severe brain injuries include blood clots in the brain, hemorrhaging (where the brain bleeds), and edema (swelling of the brain). The following symptoms need immediate medical attention:
- Occurring headaches that become worse over time.
- Weakness, numbness, or a decrease in coordination.
- Repeated nausea or vomiting.
- Slurred speech.
- Inability to wake up.
- Inability to recognize people or places.
- Exhibiting unusual behavior.
It is important to have a thorough medical evaluation after a car accident and have an understanding of your injuries. It is possible to sustain a brain injury in a car accident and be unaware of it.
If you or your loved one has developed unexplained symptoms after an auto accident, you may have a neurological injury. The Cochran Firm of the Mid-South car accident lawyers can provide guidance about seeking compensation for any neurological related injury sustained from a car accident. Contact us today for a free consultation at 901-523-1222.