Brain injuries range from mild to severe. You can suffer a brain injury in a variety of accidents, including car crashes, commercial truck accidents, and motorcycle crashes. You do not need to suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) to suffer permanent disabilities. Even a mild brain injury can result in life-altering conditions that require long-term medical care and/or personal care.
Each year, millions of people suffer head injuries. It is important to understand the common symptoms of a brain injury so you can recognize when you need to seek medical assistance after a head injury.
Common Symptoms of Brain Injuries:
- Persistent and/or acute headaches
- Memory loss
- Vomiting and/or nausea
- Blurred vision
- Problems with concentration
- Changes in mood and/or behavior
- Changes in cognitive functions such as trouble reading, trouble speaking, etc.
Remember — you do not have to be unconsciousness to have a brain injury. Unconsciousness is a symptom of a brain injury; however, you can still have a traumatic brain injury without every losing consciousness. The best step you can take after a head injury is seeking immediate medical attention. The only way to diagnose a head injury is with a complete medical exam, including various medical tests such as a CT scan and/or a MRI.
Symptoms of a Brain Injury Can Appear Hours or Days
After an Accident
A brain injury, especially a closed brain injury, can be difficult to detect because symptoms may not always be present immediately after an accident. Symptoms of a brain injury may not appear until hours or days after a personal injury accident. You may have a slight headache that persists or becomes increasingly worse. In a day or two, you may notice your vision is blurred or you are nauseas often throughout the day. In a few days, you may not even associate these symptoms with the accident since they did not appear immediately after the accident.
Unfortunately, many people fail to realize they are experiencing symptoms of a brain injury until the symptoms become severe. If you experience any symptoms, you should seek medical attention. In fact, you should always see a doctor after an accident, regardless of whether you believe you are injured. Your health and well-being are your top priorities — see a doctor after any type of accident.
Have You Been Injured In A Personal Injury Accident?
Has a negligent driver caused you to be injured in a car accident or motorcycle crash? If so, you are entitled to seek compensation for your injuries, losses, and damages under New Orleans personal injury laws.
For more information about your legal rights following a traffic collision, contact the NoLA personal injury attorneys of The Olinde Firm. Contact our office by calling (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our New Orleans injury attorneys. You do not need to bear the financial burden of a motor vehicle accident alone. In most cases, we accept car accident claims on a contingency basis — you do not pay us until we recover compensation for you.