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Recognizing brain injury after an auto accident

Auto accidents occur on a daily basis and may result in serious injury. If you suffer from a brain injury after a car accident, you may be able to seek compensation. However, it is important to understand what constitutes a brain injury or trauma.

There are a few symptoms people may recognize as brain trauma after an accident, as well as misconceptions that could lead to improper treatment of trauma. Take some time to become familiar with these factors so you know how to handle brain injury properly.


There are some symptoms of brain injury a person may recognize right away, such as:

  • Slurred speech
  • Disorientation
  • Numbness
  • Difficulty walking or balancing
  • Dizziness
  • Memory loss
  • Sensitivity to sounds or light
  • Headaches

These and other signs may be telling signs of trauma, and they may occur immediately after the incident or later on. In fact, it is common for symptoms to take hours, days or even weeks to materialize.


There are a few misconceptions about brain injury, most of which surround how the injury may occur. Some believe injuries occur by people hitting their heads on objects during an accident, but this is not always the case. In a minor collision, a person may still sustain trauma if her or his brain hits certain parts of the skull. To put any misconceptions to rest, it is best to let a certified professional make the determination. The National Institutes of Health denotes the various methods doctors may use in determining traumatic brain injury.

Proper procedure

After an accident, whether the parties involved feel fine or not, it may be helpful to seek medical attention. This helps to catch any internal or external injuries, as well as establish a paper trail should a party discover injuries due to the accident down the road.

If you suspect you or a loved one has brain injury or trauma due to an accident you did not cause, seek medical help immediately. Afterwards, you may also seek legal assistance to obtain compensation you deserve.

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