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Traumatic brain injury: know the signs

Even when Ohio drivers approach the road defensively while paying careful attention to the highway and to other motorists, collisions still happen. The jolting crash of metal against metal catches individuals off guard, jarring them at unnatural angles that break bones and strain soft tissues. Attorneys at Lopez, Severt & Pratt Co., L.P.A. have assisted numerous car accident victims in navigating the process of settling claims related to collisions.

The Mayo Clinic provides insight into the kinds of injuries motor vehicle accidents cause, noting traumatic brain injury is one of the most common. If you have been in a car accident, it is important to pay attention to the symptoms you experience in the days that follow. Signs of TBI can include headaches, excessive sleep, balance problems and sensitivity to light and sound. 

It is easy to assume you do not have a head injury if you cannot remember hitting your head or blacking out during a collision; however, the Mayo Clinic advises that the sudden jolt of whiplash can be enough to cause mild injury to the brain. Anytime sudden movement causes the brain to bump against the skull, risk of damage exists. Further, if the collision happens to throw an unbelted motorist from the vehicle, the chance for severe head trauma spikes.  

While headaches can sometimes indicate mild trauma, if they persist or increase in intensity, they may signal more severe injury than initially believed. According to the Mayo Clinic, if you have nausea, convulsions and weakness that accompany headaches, the likelihood of moderate to severe TBI is stronger. In addition, profound confusion and slurred speech point to a critical injury of the head. 

If you have been in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to know the signs of TBI. For more information on this topic, visit our webpage.




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