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Traumatic brain injuries can take time to show up after a crash

On Behalf of | Oct 14, 2021 | Car Accidents |

A person who’s involved in a car crash may think that they weren’t injured while they’re still at the scene of the crash. There may be injuries present that aren’t producing symptoms yet. Sometimes, injuries will take days to appear. One example of this is a traumatic brain injury. 

Damage to the brain can sometimes take a while to produce effects. As the damage to the brain increases, the symptoms will become more intense. It might even be easy to overlook them at first, but getting proper medical care for a traumatic brain injury is critical. 

What might signal a traumatic brain injury after a car wreck?

There are many signs that you suffered a traumatic brain injury in the wreck. These may manifest days or weeks after the crash, so you can’t let your guard down for a while. Some of the more common symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Eye pain
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Speech difficulties
  • Drowsiness or fatigue
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Light or sound sensitivity
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Mood swings
  • Seizures
  • Confusion
  • Memory problems

It’s possible to suffer a traumatic brain injury even if you don’t hit your head in the crash. The violent movement at the time of impact could cause the brain to slam against the skull, which can cause damage. 

Watching closely for signs of a brain injury is important after a crash. It’s usually a good idea to have a medical evaluation after the wreck. If you suffered an injury, you might opt to pursue a compensation claim. This can help you to recover the costs of medical care, missed wages and similar expenses. Mississippi law sets strict time limits for personal injury cases, so be sure you take care of this quickly.