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5 brain trauma symptoms after a car accident

On Behalf of | May 9, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

The force that hits you upon impact in a motor vehicle collision is enough to cause severe, perhaps even fatal injuries. People are often surprised to learn that it doesn’t take much force at all to cause damage, both to a vehicle and to a body. When a car accident occurs on an Illinois roadway, symptoms of severe injury, such as brain trauma, might not show right away.

You may have heard a doctor tell a loved one or even yourself, “We’re going to keep you overnight for observation.” This means that medical staff will closely monitor a patient’s condition to check for changes. In the aftermath of a car accident, it’s important to “check for changes” in the days and weeks that follow. If symptoms of brain trauma develop, it’s best to seek immediate medical attention.

These symptoms after a car accident suggest a brain injury

If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident and experience any of the symptoms shown in the following list, it’s best to seek immediate medical care:

  • Confusion or memory loss
  • Agitation, mood swings, difficulty controlling emotions
  • Extreme fatigue or insomnia, difficulty rousing from sleep
  • Light or sound sensitivities
  • Vomiting

There are numerous other brain trauma symptoms that may occur after a car accident. When you go to the hospital, make sure you tell the staff that you were involved in a collision. This lets the doctor know what tests to run.

Recovery can be challenging

If you suffer a concussion in a motor vehicle collision, the doctor might recommend that you spend a few weeks in a quiet, darkened room and avoid any activity that requires mental focus (like watching TV or reading). A more severe injury, like a skull fracture, will require specialized treatment.

Brain trauma patients often experience mental health issues like depression or suicidal thoughts. It’s critical to seek support if you develop these conditions or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or any other symptoms. Sadly, the implications of a severe brain injury might last a lifetime.

Seeking financial recovery for your losses

When another driver’s negligence or reckless behavior causes a car accident that results in brain trauma, state law allows you to seek restitution in court. To do so, you must file a legal claim requesting compensation for damages. When the court rules in a plaintiff’s favor, the judge orders a monetary award one can then use to offset any financial strain associated with the incident.

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