If you have been in a car accident in which you hit your head, then it is possible to have a traumatic brain injury and not be immediately aware of it. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we always encourage clients to go to the doctor if they have been in a car accident – even if they do not think they were injured.
Read on to discover some of the most common symptoms of traumatic brain injuries and then contact us at 800-333-0000 if you are in need of a free legal consultation.
Loss of Consciousness
If the person who has been in an accident falls unconscious for seemingly no reason, or if they feel that it is impossible to stay away, then they may have sustained a brain injury. Some refer to it as a “brain fog” but the condition in which it feels as though thinking is difficult can be a sign. If a person feels tired immediately after the accident – despite the stress and adrenaline involved – then they should do their best to stay away until emergency personnel arrives.
If a person’s brain makes contact with their skull, then there could be damage to the soft tissue of the brain. In that case, there may be slurred speech. If you find that you or a loved one is slurring their words or is otherwise having a hard time talking, or if they cannot remember words, then it is essential to let medical professionals know right away.
Loss of Balance
If a person hits the back of their head against a part of the car, then they can damage their cerebral cortex. This part of the brain is responsible for balance and lets your body know what is up and what is down. If it becomes damaged, then your brain will not have an accurate center of gravity and you can find it hard to stand up or walk.
Weakness in the Muscles
If a victim of a car accident finds that they are not able to move the same way they could in the past, then it may be that they have suffered from a traumatic brain injury. This type of injury can affect the connection between the muscle groups and brain, which makes it impossible or difficult to control said muscles. Too often, victims will believe this is damage to the muscle or bone when it is actually a brain injury.
If you see that you or a loved one has clear fluid leaking out of their ears or nose then you should get immediate medical attention. This is likely cerebral fluid, which is important to keep the brain suspended and healthy in the head.
After seeking medical attention and ensuring you are as safe as you can be, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for your free legal consultation.