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Auto accidents and brain injury

Car accidents that cause a blow to the head or a violent whiplash motion may result in a brain injury. The effects of a brain injury can last long other injuries have healed.

To ensure your loved one receives proper diagnosis and treatment of a brain injury, it's important to recognize the symptoms.

Family members are often the first to notice a brain injury

People who suffer brain injuries often don't realize it in the first few days or weeks following the accident. There may be no outward sign of head trauma. Symptoms such as memory or concentration problems may be passed off on other causes, such as medication the accident victim is taking for pain.

Family members may be the first to notice symptoms of traumatic brain injury, such as:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty following directions
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness or nausea
  • Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Mood changes
  • Sensitivity to light or certain sounds

Most traumatic brain injuries are mild, and symptoms may disappear after a few weeks with rest. However, more serious brain injuries may not go away. Life for a person with a traumatic brain injury can be a series of adjustments.

To ensure your family member receives proper diagnosis and treatment for a brain injury, it's important to discuss symptoms with your doctor. If someone else was responsible for the accident that caused your loved one's injury, you should also discuss your case with an attorney. You may be entitled to compensation to help your family meet the challenges ahead.

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