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3 key warning signs of a brain injury after a car crash

On Behalf of | Mar 13, 2024 | Car Accidents |

Motor vehicle collisions can cause catastrophic injuries that completely change the course of someone’s life. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are among the worst injuries people may develop because of a car crash. Flying debris, blunt-force trauma and violent shaking could damage someone’s brain, causing lasting medical challenges.

Yet, despite being one of the worst injuries possible after a car wreck, a TBI is also easy for someone to overlook. Those with moderate injuries may not realize that they have hurt their brains until days or possibly weeks later. Frequently, people dismiss the symptoms and warning signs of a possible brain injury until things spiral out of control as the injury worsens. The following are some of the indicators that someone may have developed a TBI because of a crash.

A loss of consciousness

Obviously, someone rendered unconscious who people cannot rouse requires emergency medical evaluation after a crash. Severe brain injuries may leave someone in a long-term state of unconsciousness. However, someone does not need to slip into a coma for a loss of consciousness to be an indicator of a TBI. Even fainting for a few seconds during or after a crash could be a warning of a brain injury.

Persistent or worsening headaches or nausea

It is normal for someone in a stressful situation to experience a tension headache. People might think that the low-grade headache they experience after a crash is a temporary symptom. However, it might persist for weeks and could potentially worsen because it is the result of swelling and bleeding inside the skull. A feeling of nausea can also be a warning sign of a TBI, as can vomiting. People who vomit after a crash or who feel nauseous afterward may require evaluation for a TBI.

Sensory symptoms

The brain expends a lot of energy analyzing sensory information. Those with TBIs may notice a difference in how they perceive the world. Blurry vision is a common issue, as processing incoming visual information is one of the most strenuous activities the brain routinely performs. People may also notice a change in their sense of smell and taste or ringing in their ears.

Other symptoms of brain injuries include changes in motor function, shifts in mood or personality, memory issues and disruptions to their sleep habits. The sooner someone receives a diagnosis, the better their chances of preventing worsening symptoms.

Identifying a traumatic brain injury is the first step toward physical and financial recovery after a car crash. Drivers who know the warning signs of a TBI may have an easier time evaluating themselves and the other occupants of their vehicle for signs of serious injuries.


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