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Signs of traumatic brain injury after an auto accident

People suffer injuries from auto accidents every day. When the incident was the fault of the other driver, an auto accident claim can help the victim gain compensation for the pain and suffering.

A key aspect of a successful claim is being able to prove the injury truly exists. In the case of traumatic brain injuries, there are certain signs to be aware of.

Causes

There are different levels of trauma that occur due to various amounts of impact. When people hit their head on inanimate objects during the accident, it is easy to believe that they might have a brain injury. However, even low impact may cause trauma. In fact, even a minor collision may cause serious damage. A quick exertion of force can cause the brain to hit the sides of the skull, which may result in bruising or even more serious issues.

Signs

Some signs of trauma may be prevalent immediately after an accident. A few of the common signs include:

  • Disorientation or dizziness
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty walking or balancing
  • Numbness

These are a few of the possible indicators. However, others may develop over time, such as:

  • Mood swings
  • Constant headaches
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Memory loss

Some symptoms may take days or weeks to develop. For this reason, it is important to constantly watch individuals for a while after an accident.

Protocol

After an auto accident, there is proper protocol for drivers to follow. There is also a protocol to keep in mind for filing a claim. One of the key aspects is collecting evidence, and in the case of a brain injury, having proper medical records is essential. Individuals should seek medical attention immediately, and if the physician does not require it, they should ask for a test of the brain. There are a number of procedures for diagnosing traumatic brain injuries that the physician may choose from. 

This is a brief overview of the signs of a brain injury and procedures to take after the accident that caused them. For further understanding, it may be helpful to speak with a knowledgeable professional.

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