The brain is an incredibly complex organ that directs the functionality of all other systems in the body. An injury to the brain can be devastating - but a brain injury does not always immediately evidence itself or cause dramatic symptoms.
It is not uncommon for victims of car accidents to move on with their lives, unknowingly having sustained a serious brain injury that could affect them for the rest of their lives. The initial symptoms could be masked by shock or adrenaline, or the person may not connect the dots between certain symptoms and the accident.
Here are a few common symptoms that quietly point to a brain injury and should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible to avoid life-altering issues:
Headaches - Whether a minor headache that continues over weeks or a serious migraine-type pain, a headache should always been taken to a doctor. Make sure to provide a clear description of how the car accident happened to your doctor, so that he or she takes that information into consideration.
Numbness elsewhere in the body - Brain injuries can evidence themselves as issues with the nervous system. Numbness in your limbs or extremities could point to brain trauma.
Mood swings, irritability or depression - If you are suffering from sudden and unexplained changes in mood, pay attention and bring it to the attention of a doctor.
Changes in sleep patterns or fatigue - Sleep is the time when your brain cleanses toxins and recovers. An injury can affect this functionality, keeping you up at night.
Forgetfulness - We all forget things at times, but if you cannot remember basic things or call to mind words, get it checked out.
At Wesley, McGrail & Wesley, our attorneys routinely work with individuals who have unknowingly suffered a brain injury in a car accident and are now seeking medical treatment and compensation. We understand the profound impact this injury can have on your life, and we are committed to taking care of the legal and insurance side of this while you focus on getting treatment and recovery.