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What are the symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury?

Traumatic brain injuries are a common result of car accidents. However, these injuries are not always readily diagnosed by doctors following a collision.

Imagine you get hit by a car and end up in the emergency room with a broken arm. You might also have a brain injury without showing any outward signs. Because a brain injury doesn't always show outward signs -- like bruising, bleeding or bone fractures -- a doctor might not diagnose it immediately.

Mild traumatic brain injury: Symptoms to look for

Because doctors don't always catch a mild traumatic brain injury after it happens, it may fall on the victim to identify his or her symptoms and make them known to the physician. Here is what you should keep an eye out for:

  • Losing consciousness just for a few seconds or maybe for a few minutes.
  • Headaches that don't go away.
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Drowsiness and fatigue symptoms
  • Speech difficulties
  • The need to sleep more than normal
  • Having a hard time falling asleep
  • Losing balance and feeling dizzy
  • Problems with your sensory system
  • Light and sound sensitivity
  • Having a strange taste in your mouth
  • Changes in the way you smell
  • Concentration and memory problems
  • Feeling anxious and/or depressed
  • Mental and cognitive problems

Why it's important to get a diagnosis for your brain injury

Brain injury victims may require expensive and long-term medical care and other services. If the brain injury is the fault of another driver or party, that other party will be liable to pay for this care and other financial damages. However, if the victim never gets the diagnosis to prove the brain injury, it may be difficult for him or her to recover damages related to the injury.

Also, defendants in personal injury litigation sometimes try to cast doubt on a car accident victim's brain injuries. As such, it's vital to get as much documentation of the injury as possible.

Learn more about brain injuries and personal injury law

If you've suffered a brain injury due to another party's negligence, unlawful behavior or recklessness, proving that the brain injury occurred will play a vital role in the success of your personal injury lawsuit. As such, brain injury car accident victims should learn as much as they can about the nuances of proving a brain injury in civil court.

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