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What to do if you sustain a traumatic brain injury in a car crash

Your brain is one of the most important parts of your body. Not only does it allow you to accomplish everyday tasks, but it also controls your personality. That is, your brain makes you who you are. Therefore, if you have been in an automobile accident, you must be certain you have not sustained a traumatic brain injury. 

Traumatic brain injuries occur when the brain smashes into the skull. The impact causes a disruption in the way the brain functions. Here are three things you should do if you sustain a traumatic brain injury in a car crash. 

1. Watch for symptoms 

Not all traumatic brain injuries present in the same way. In fact, symptoms often vary from patient to patient. Nonetheless, if you experience any of the following after an automobile collision, you may have a traumatic brain injury. 

  •         Dizziness
  •         Blurred vision
  •         Confusion
  •         Nausea
  •         Memory loss 

You should understand that symptoms may not appear immediately. Often, the effects of a serious brain injury take hours, days or weeks to show up. 

2. Seek medical treatment 

Following any automobile accident, you should seek medical attention. Even if you think you did not sustain any serious injuries in a car crash, having a doctor examine you can help you find hidden symptoms. It can also help you establish a record of the incident. Either way, you simply cannot risk your health by staying out of the emergency room. 

3. Be careful with your activities 

Traumatic brain injuries may affect virtually all parts of your life. Driving, sleeping, using tools and doing other things after a brain injury may be dangerous. As such, you should be careful with your activities until a doctor greenlights them. 

Following a car crash, you may want to move on with your life. Failing to adequately take care of a traumatic brain injury, however, could be a big mistake. By exercising caution, you likely increase your chances of recovering fully from a traumatic brain injury.


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