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7 things you must know about brain injuries after a car accident

Car accident injuries can range from mild to severe. You might not realize the full severity of the injuries you suffered while you are still at the scene of the accident. Instead, some injuries might come to light later. One injury that is possible in a car accident is a brain injury. Knowing some basic points about brain injuries is crucial if you were in any accident.

#1: The injury might show up later

A brain injury can hide for hours or even days. You might not know that you suffered the injury until well after the accident. This makes brain injuries troubling since you might end up mistaking the symptoms for something else.

#2: No direct hit to the head is necessary

You don't have to hit your head in the accident to suffer from a brain injury. Some brain injuries are the result of the brain moving around violently in the skull. This is why it is crucial to monitor what you feel after the accident.

#3: Symptoms can vary greatly

The symptoms of a brain injury range from having a headache to a coma. You might suffer from vision or hearing changes, feeling like you are unable to stay awake, nausea, vomiting and behavior changes. Anything feeling unusual after you are in a car accident is a reason to seek out medical care.

#4: Medical care is necessary

Brain injuries require medical care. Your doctor needs to know about the car crash, your medical history and any symptoms you are felling. Imaging scans, such as MRIs or CT scans, might help the doctor to make a diagnosis that can help you to get proper medical care.

#5: Treatment ranges from simple to invasive

Some brain injuries are treated with rest; however, others might require surgery. You may need rehabilitation to help you learn to live despite the effects of the injury. In many cases, you will have to take time off work while you heal so that your brain has time to rest.

#6: Concussion effects are cumulative

A person who suffers from multiple concussions can suffer from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This condition is only diagnosable after the person dies. This makes the condition an especially troubling one, especially when you consider the ways it affects the person. A person who suffers from CTE often has serious mood swings and depression because of the changes to the brain.

#7: Seeking compensation might be possible

Compensation after a brain injury is possible if the accident was the cause of another person's negligence. Determining the cause of the accident and who is liable can help you when you file your claim.

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