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What are the warning signs of a brain injury following a crash?

Following an automobile accident, the victims involved could suffer greatly even if the collision was not serious. Some injuries can go undetected initially, such as head trauma. A victim might not develop signs or symptoms until hours, days or even weeks following the crash. This is why it is important to get assessed following a car accident in order to rule out this serious injury.

Understanding the signs of a serious brain injury following an automobile collision could help avoid more serious medical problems for the victim. In some instances, there aren't any visual indications of a head trauma, but that does not mean one does not exist. Common symptoms to look for include confusion, difficulty remembering recent events, tiredness, dizziness, nausea, severe headaches and numbness or weakness located on one side of their body. Any of these symptoms could indicate that a brain injury occurred from the accident.

Whether a victim suffers a open head injury, such as a skull fracture, or a closed head injury, such as brain swelling or concussion, a brain injury can seriously impact the life of the individual and their loved ones. The injury could prevent the victim from working and could impede their education. Furthermore, long-term medical care might be required to fully recover from the brain injury.

Victims that suffer a brain injury in a car crash could file a personal injury suit in order to recover compensation. The monetary awarded could be used to cover medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages and pain and suffering.

An individual's quality of life could be seriously constrained following a serious accident that causes them a brain injury. It is not only important for them to understand their medical and recovery needs but also their legal remedies in the situation. Filing a civil claim against the party at fault for their injuries could significantly help them in their recovery as well as address any financial hardships caused by the accident.

Source: FindLaw, "Brain Injury Overview," accessed on August 18, 2014

Source: FindLaw, "Brain Injury Overview," accessed on August 18, 2014

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