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Common Symptoms of Delayed Brain Injury

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Brain injuries are one of the leading causes of deaths, and the basis for many personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. In the United States, vehicular accidents account for 17.3 percent of all traumatic brain injuries. A blow to the head may not seem like a serious injury at first, but symptoms of a head or brain injury often show themselves after the accident has occurred.

During a car accident, the impact of the crash (even though not deadly) can gravely harm the skeletal structure and internal organs of the people inside the vehicle. Whiplash (the sudden extreme backward/forward movement of the neck) or hitting the head on the windshield, steering wheel, air bags, dashboard, or any part of the car with such strong force can lead to brain injuries. Although there are no immediate symptoms, it is always best to go to the hospital for a proper check-up following a car collision: staying conscious after the accident does not guarantee there are no brain injuries. Common symptoms that everyone should be wary of include:

  • Stiff neck or severe headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Impaired taste, hearing, smell, visions (including slurred speech or blurry vision)
  • Confusion or irritability
  • Facial fractures, bruising, swelling or scalp wounds
  • Dilated pupils
  • Blood or any fluid running from the nose, eyes, or mouth
  • Lack of coordination in the arms or legs, or inability to move them

Suffering from a brain injury is a serious health hazard, as it can lead to possible long-term brain damage. This is why going to the hospital without delay is vital. Serious injuries can result in coma, persistent headaches, loss of sensation, hearing, vision, taste, or smell, seizures, paralysis, or problems in speech and language.

It may be true that most head or brain injuries recover quickly, and without further incidents; however, it is still advised to keep a tight watch to those who have suffered a brain injury. Seemingly innocent injuries may still result to long-term complications such as memory loss or cognitive problems because traumatic brain injuries tend to accumulate rather than show signs immediately.

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