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What should you know about brain injuries from car crashes?

On Behalf of | May 26, 2024 | Personal Injury

The aftermath of a car crash can be hard to cope with. While you’re trying to deal with things like finding out about the damage to your vehicle, you may also have symptoms of an injury. 

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are one of the possible injuries that can occur in a crash. Remembering a few points about these may help you as you navigate the days and weeks after the crash. 

Symptoms might not be immediate

The symptoms of a TBI may not show up right away. Depending on the type and location of the injury, they can sometimes take days or weeks to appear. The primary symptom is usually a persistent headache. Others, such as changes in sleep habits, confusion, concentration changes and mood swings, might also be present.

No direct hit to the head is necessary

You can have a TBI even if you don’t hit your head in the crash. Some brain injuries are caused when the head is jerked around, which can occur at the time of impact. This causes the brain to slam into one side of the skull and then into the opposite side. In this case, damage can occur in both places where the brain comes into contact with the skull. 

TBIs should be treated swiftly to minimize the damage and symptoms. If you’re dealing with a TBI because of a motor vehicle crash, you may opt to pursue a compensation claim to seek damages for medical bills, missed wages and other expenses related to the crash. Working with someone familiar with these cases is critical to ensure you’re seeking all the damages possible.