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Head injuries are quite common in major car accidents. Whether you struck your head on the steeling column or window or got thrown from your vehicle, your head and brain can easily sustain damage during a collision. Many times, the injured party only has to deal with a minor concussion.

Sometimes, however, a head injury can result in a permanent traumatic brain injury (TBI). When that happens, your life and your career as you know it could very well change dramatically. For some people, especially those with more demanding careers requiring experience and education, a crash could end their careers.

Your brain is responsible for everything you do. From breathing and walking to remembering things and determining your personality, your brain is in charge. When you suffer a brain injury, many things can suddenly change.

How a traumatic brain injury affects you will depend on a number of factors, including but not limited to the severity of the injury, the part of your brain affected and how quickly you received medical care after the injury. It’s also important to understand that symptoms can take days or even weeks to fully develop, making it hard to understand for many victims with TBIs.

Your brain is complex and delicate

The human brain is an amazing organ. It has countless synapses, which send information throughout your brain at incredible speeds. When part of the brain gets damaged, either by swelling, trauma or a penetrating injury, there can be a host of side effects and symptoms. Some of these can be addressed with medical intervention, such as surgery to alleviate swelling or physical/occupational therapy to improve issues with balance or motor function. Knowing the symptoms of a TBI can help ensure that you get treatment as soon as possible.

Common symptoms of TBIs after an accident include:

– Loss of consciousness, even for a few seconds

– Coma

– Feeling dazed, disoriented or confused

– Nausea or vomiting


– Changes in sleeping patterns

– Loss of memory

– Issues with motor function

– Change in personality

– Sensory issues, like blurred vision or ringing ears

– Seizures

– Loss of balance or coordination

– Mood changes

If you or someone you love has experienced a head injury due to a car crash, you should seek immediate medical care, especially if there was a loss of consciousness. The sooner the victim gets diagnosed, the better the potential for a positive prognosis. Failing to seek medical treatment until symptoms worsen or develop could result in more serious damage and permanent issues. The more severe the injury, the more likely it is that a TBI could result in the loss of your job or even cause issues with your most important relationships.

On behalf of Devon DuPuy of Lloyd & DuPuy PLLC posted in blog on Friday, July 7, 2017.

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