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Serious brain trauma is not always obvious after car accidents

One of the most serious kinds of injuries you are at risk of receiving in a car crash is brain trauma.  Because the brain can be harmed in many ways in an accident, you may not know you have such an injury right away. 

Brain injuries range from mild concussions to hematomas and severe damage. They can disrupt normal cerebral function temporarily or permanently. However, you may not experience or recognize that you are experiencing the common symptoms of brain injuries from a car accident until several hours or days later. 

How brain injuries can affect you 

Your brain controls every single one of your body's functions. When it is damaged, it can significantly impact the healthy function of your organs and other systemic functions. Instead of being able to move on from your accident, you may end up needing serious and ongoing medical care or lifelong support, and suffer from ongoing medical bills and a lesser quality of life. 

Signs of brain trauma include: 

  •        Fatigue
  •        Irritability
  •        Headaches
  •        Personality changes
  •        Loss of consciousness
  •        Memory and focusing problems
  •        Bleeding from the eyes, ears or nose
  •        Trouble seeing, hearing or smelling 

Bear in mind that car accidents are not the only way you could end up with brain injuries. You can sustain concussions and additional trauma from a fall, participating in a sports activity or another car crash. Moreover, if you suffer trauma to your head before your previous injuries have healed, you could end up with further and more severe brain damage. 

Effects can be permanent 

Most people who receive brain trauma from car accidents do recover. However, some victims with serious brain injuries end up suffering for the rest of their lives. Some of the milder lingering effects of brain trauma include vertigo, post-traumatic stress syndrome, epilepsy and post-concussion syndrome. 

Because brain injuries are not readily evident following an accident, you should get immediate medical treatment to rule them out. A doctor's timely diagnosis could keep your injuries from becoming worse and causing more damage to your brain, health and quality of life.

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