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Is your post-accident headache a sign of traumatic brain injury?

When another driver hit you as you traveled along a Colorado road, you may have felt confused and frightened. The fact that you could think at all, of course, meant that you had survived. Rescue workers hopefully arrived quickly and were able to help you seek immediate medical attention. The problem is that not all accident injuries are immediately apparent.

It's possible that, beyond a few bumps, bruises and lacerations, you felt fairly well after your motor vehicle collision. However, there are often internal injuries that remain unseen until symptoms begin to surface. This is why it is so important to pay close attention to how you feel in the days and weeks that follow your collision. If any problem issues arise, you'll want to seek additional medical support. Legal support is also available for those who choose to seek restitution if driver negligence caused their injuries.

Symptoms that warrant immediate medical attention

Traumatic brain injury can cause partial or full, temporary or permanent disability. Don't hesitate to return to your doctor for further examination, if any of the symptoms on the following list arise during recovery:

  • If the pupils of your eyes are not equal in size, it signifies possible brain trauma.
  • Seeing double is also a common side effect of brain injury.
  • It's understandable that you might not feel well after you've been in an automobile collision. However, if you feel nauseous or you vomit, it is definitely a reason to seek immediate medical attention, as such symptoms often accompany brain injury.
  • Brain injury affects more than just your head. If you have loss of feeling in any of your limbs or your face, or you have trouble with balance and gait, your injuries might be worse than you initially thought.
  • Slurring of speech is also a symptom of traumatic brain injury, as is any fluid draining from your ears or nasal passages.

Additional brain injury symptoms might include headache, mood swings, a bad taste in your mouth or ringing in your ears. If you go to the hospital, make sure the attending physician knows that you are a recent car accident victim.

Recovering from traumatic brain injury

Any injury involving the brain is serious. It is likely that your doctor will recommend an extended period of rest, which will no doubt mean that you will have to take time off work. If your injuries are severe, you might not be able to return to work at all.

Such situations often prompt a need for in-home care, especially if you are unable to perform typical daily functions like personal grooming or meal preparation. Such care is expensive, which is why state law allows accident victims to seek compensation for damages in civil court.

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