Signs and Symptoms of Brain Injury After a Car Accident

Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of traumatic brain injury. It is very important to receive a full medical evaluation after a car accident. Even if your injuries did not require an emergency room visit, you should schedule an exam with your doctor because brain injuries in particular are not always immediately apparent.

If you do experience symptoms of such an injury, they may include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Blurry vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sensitivity to light and/or sound
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Oversleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Lack of energy
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings

The above list represents really only a small fraction of potential signs of a brain injury that could manifest immediately or in the days and weeks following a motor vehicle crash. There are many ways the trauma may show itself, including symptoms that are physical, cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and mental.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injury is a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that interrupts how the brain functions. The injury may tear the brain tissue itself or its blood vessels. Brain injuries may also be classified as penetrating, which means something has entered through the skull and injured the brain. A penetrating brain injury would be caused by something impaling a person’s head. Closed head injuries tend to be more common in car accidents.

Brain injuries are very serious and lead to expensive medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering. You deserve experienced attorneys on your side who will pursue justice on your behalf.

Learn More About Your Options Following a Brain Injury

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, our attorneys can describe your options for pursuing maximum compensation for injuries like TBI. We can help you decide if you want to move forward with a case, in which we will pursue financial compensation on  your behalf. For a case review, please call McPhillips, Fitzgerald & Cullum at 518-792-1174 in New York, or at 305-751-8556 in Florida.


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