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Four Signs Of Traumatic Brain Injury Following An Auto Accident

Automobile accidents are frequently associated with back and neck pain -- but there are other injuries that are both common and equally serious. A traumatic brain injury can occur any time an individual's brain is exposed to force. During a car accident, the human brain may become severely jostled, causing internal bleeding and bruising. A traumatic brain injury may not be immediately obvious because it isn't visible, but there are a few clear signs.

1. Losing Consciousness

Any time you lose consciousness, you could be in danger of a traumatic brain injury. You don't need to lose consciousness for a significant amount of time. Even if your lost time is a matter of seconds or minutes, you should be checked thoroughly by a doctor. A doctor will be able to perform a cat scan to identify any physical damage to your brain.

2. Unexpected Migraines

If you've never had a history of migraines and have suddenly begun experiencing them, it may be the result of a traumatic brain injury. Unexpected migraines may appear to be very severe headaches, but may not be easily alleviated through the use of traditional medications. During these migraines, you may also experience nausea. These headaches will often progressively get worse and be very difficult to treat.

3. Confusion and Agitation

Many people find that they become confused or agitated following an accident. But with a traumatic brain injury, this feeling may persist. You may find yourself being more irritable than usual or may not be able to complete tasks that were once simple to you.

4. Forgetfulness and Aphasia

In addition to feeling frustrated and confused, you may also find yourself forgetting things that you should remember -- such as the name of someone close to you. You may also forget certain words, which is known as aphasia. Traumatic brain injury may be typified by 'tip of the tongue' syndrome, during which you may almost know the word that you are reaching for but not quite be able to reach it.

Naturally, all medical illnesses need to be appropriately diagnosed by a physician. If you think that you've experienced a traumatic brain injury, it's important for you to get diagnosed as soon as possible. Without this, it may be very difficult for your auto accident attorney to help. The more documentation you have, the easier it will be to quantify your medical problem and acquire a settlement. For help documenting and proving your injuries, contact an attorney such as Loughlin Fitzgerald P C.