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Brain injuries may not be evident immediately

People who are involved in a motor vehicle wreck can suffer a variety of injuries. One of these is a brain injury, which can occur even if they don’t have a direct hit to the head. 

The signs of a brain injury can take weeks to appear. In some cases, the victim may start to develop a headache or other problematic signs. Because brain injuries may not be obvious (at first), it’s always wisest to get a medical evaluation after a wreck.

What other signs can occur with a head injury?

Brain injury symptoms vary greatly, depending on where the damage is located and what damage is done. A headache is the most common symptom, but these are also common:

  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Drowsiness or fatigue
  • Problems with communication
  • Sensory sensitivity
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Mood changes
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Loss of interest in activities

Because brain injuries aren’t always evident right at the time of the crash, being vigilant about watching for signs of this type of injury is crucial. Even if you didn’t hit your head, you may still have a brain injury. The violent flinging of the head can cause the brain to slam against the inside of the skull. The damage can be done on opposite sides of the brain as it bounces back and forth in the skull.

Anyone involved in a crash should ensure they’re watching for signs of injuries. Getting prompt medical attention is beneficial. When the wreck was the result of a driver’s negligence, the victims may choose to seek compensation. Damages, such as missed wages and health care expenses, can be included in these claims. 

Contact a Bethlehem brain injury lawyer for more information.

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