One of the most frightening realities about a brain injury is that it can sometimes take days for symptoms to develop. That means that if someone injures their brain in a car accident, that person may be unaware that there is serious head trauma. Even if the skull is not fractured, the brain can become bruised or damaged, leading to bleeding or swelling.
A head injury is defined as trauma that leads to scalp, skull or brain injury. This injury affects millions of people every year in the United States and car accidents are one of the leading causes. While most of these head injuries will heal on their own, some will result in surgery and unfortunately death. It is therefore imperative that if you or a family member was involved in a Middle Tennessee car accident that you recognize the warning signs of a serious brain injury. Loss of consciousness even for a brief time needs to be reported to your medical treater.
According to MedlinePlus.com, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, the symptoms of a head injury are as follows:
- Changes in pupils
- Distorted facial features
- Clear or bloody fluid draining from the nose, mouth or ears
- Impaired sensations
- Inability to move
- Loss of consciousness
- Lethargy or extreme drowsiness
- Blurred vision
- Slurred speech
- Headache that gets worse
- Drop in blood pressure
There are many more warning signs that would indicate the possibility of a head injury. If you or a family member starts experiencing any of these symptoms or you suspect that something could be wrong following a Middle Tennessee car wreck, you should seek medical help immediately. The affects often show up months later and can be permanent. Experts can help and need to be consulted.
When a car accident is caused by the other driver, you may be able to recover compensation. For the last 32 years, Nashville Car Accident Lawyer George Fusner has represented injured accident victims and has helped them obtain the money to which they were entitled. Contact the Law Office of George R. Fusner, Jr. at 800-427-8960 or 615-251-0005 for free advice and answers to your legal questions.