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Victims may not remember a head injury after a car accident

Car accidents can cause many different injuries, including some that are not easy to identify. While most serious injuries cause pain or display visible signs of harm, delayed pain injuries do not. In many cases, car accident victims avoid seeing a doctor because they don't feel any pain or see signs of an injury, which can lead to significant complications.

Head injuries may get overlooked if they don't cause pain, which is common. Many victims may not remember hitting their head at all during a car accident and fail to realize they suffered a serious brain injury. Without a professional diagnosis and proper treatment, they may suffer through many difficult symptoms that affect their professional and personal lives.

If you recently experienced a car accident and haven't seen your doctor for a complete medical examination, do so today. You may have a mild brain injury or some other delayed pain injury that requires treatment, and putting off treatment only puts you at greater risk, physically and legally. If you suffered injuries because of someone else's actions or negligence, you don't want to waste any time before building a personal injury claim to keep your rights secure.

Common complications of mild brain injuries

A mild brain injury severs connections in a victim's brain, often making it difficult for victims to "access files" in their brain the way they did before the injury. It is not easy to predict how these symptoms may appear, although many victims find that they misinterpret what others say to them or misinterpret what they read. In broad strokes, a mild brain injury makes miscommunication and misunderstanding much more common, which leads to frustrating mistakes and interactions with others.

Mild brain injuries also commonly lead to difficulties completing tasks that a victim already knows how to complete, or has completed many times before. Victims often feel as though they simply cannot force themselves to finish a familiar sequence, or fail to understand a process they believe they should understand. These experiences may cause the victim to overreact, which may confuse or frighten themselves and others around them. If the victim works in a dangerous field or operates heavy machinery, these experiences are particularly dangerous.

Mild brain injuries heal over time, but if a victim does not recognize their injury, they may destroy many important relationships before they stop experiencing symptoms. With a proper diagnosis, a victim can help explain the condition to those around them and use other tools to keep their personal and professional relationships safe.

Protecting your future

If you suspect that you suffered a blow to the head in a car accident, make sure to seek professional medical care as soon as you can. Once you receive any necessary care, it is important to consider whether you need to file a personal injury claim.

A strong claim takes time and attention to build. Make sure to use only high-quality legal tools and guidance as you build your claim, to ensure that your rights remain secure while you work toward a full recovery.

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