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Understanding the signs and symptoms of a brain injury

While drivers in West Virginia do not expect to be involved in an automobile collision, the fact is that every time they get behind the wheel of a vehicle, they are at risk of being in a car accident. When a crash does occur, those involved should be sure to address all concerns involving the injuries and damages suffered. No matter if it is a major or a minor crash, accident victims should not overlook any type of injury, because not all injuries are apparent immediately following a crash.

One such injury is a brain injury. Whether an accident victim hits his or her head, suffers whiplash or suffers a laceration to the head, a head trauma should be considered a serious injury, even if no major symptoms are present following the accident.

What are the symptoms of a brain injury? The symptoms can range from almost none to the loss of consciousness following a collision. Because symptoms may not appear immediately following a head trauma, victims should be sure to rule out a head injury after being involved in a collision. Failure to address this injury could result in more serious medical problems

Common symptoms include headache, vomiting, speech difficulties, difficulty tolerating bright lights, difficulty swallowing, paralysis and numbness of the body. Whether the head injury is mild or severe, treatment should be initiated for this injury, because it quickly could progress into a more serious medical condition.

When an accident victim suffers a brain injury or any other type of injury, he or she should be sure to understand all available legal rights and options. If another driver is at fault and caused the collision, the victim could file a personal injury claim. This could help the victim recover compensation to help cover medical expenses and other losses and damages related to the incident.

Source:, "What are the symptoms of a head injury?" accessed Feb. 23, 2015

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