Over 50,000 Canadians suffer brain injuries every year; about half of those are from car accidents. Head injuries during accidents can occur from things as serious as a skull fracture to something as simple as hitting your head on the steering wheel. The sheer force of an accident, even if your head doesn’t make contact with an object; can still cause a brain injury. When you make a quick stop, your brain hits the inside of your skull and can cause bruising and bleeding.
These types of injuries are dangerous because there are no outward signs of injury. Head trauma causes brain dysfunction which can be temporary, life changing, or even end your life. What may seem small can become a burden that requires help from a lawyer.
A pounding headache can be signs that you have a head injury, but sometimes it takes a bit longer before you notice symptoms. No matter when the symptoms show themselves, a brain injury is very serious and should be treated by a doctor.
Possible brain injuries may include:
- Loss of consciousness; feeling dazed, confused; disorientation
- Concentration or memory problems
- Headache, nausea, vomiting
- Dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in ears
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Mood swings, depression, anxiety
- Drowsiness, difficulty sleeping, or sleeping more than usual
Some brain injuries can be more severe. Some possible severe injury symptoms can include any of the above plus these:
- Sustained loss of consciousness
- Severe confusion, agitation, or unusual behaviour
- Slurred speech
- Will not wake from sleeping
- Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
- Repeated vomiting, seizures, severe headaches
- Dilation of pupils of the eyes
Contact a doctor immediately if you have experienced any of the above injuries.
Dealing with brain injury is difficult enough without having to navigate the legal issues surrounding an accident. CLG Injury Law can help with legal services regarding brain injuries. Call 1-800-606-2529 today to speak to a lawyer