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What Are the Long-Term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries From Car Accidents? 

Posted on March 02, 2023 in Car Accidents

katy car accident lawyerAnyone who has been in a serious car accident can testify about how the experience feels - the sudden, shocking jolt, the ear-splitting noise, the panic in the moments of silence and stillness once the car comes to a rest. In the acute rush of adrenaline that comes immediately after a car accident, injured victims often fail to recognize signs of head trauma. 

Head injuries are among the most common forms of injury in car accidents, and even though they may be undiagnosed until well after the accident occurs, they can impact those who suffer from them for many years. Recovering from a traumatic brain injury can take extensive treatment and, for some people, a full recovery may not be possible. To learn more about the various types of ways that traumatic brain injuries may impact you after a car accident, read on - and then contact a Texas car crash attorney who can help you determine whether to seek compensation from the party or parties responsible for causing the accident. 

Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Cause Long-Term Damage

When damage occurs to the brain that is severe enough to impact the brain’s normal function, that is considered a traumatic brain injury. Car crashes can cause traumatic brain injuries because of direct blows to the head (such as an impact with the steering wheel or air bag), but they can also happen because of sudden, rapid movements such as an abrupt deceleration during a crash. 

Acute signs of a traumatic brain injury may not be noticed until a few days after the accident. These include, but are not limited to: 

  • Headaches and neck pain

  • Blurry vision 

  • Difficulties with balancing or dizziness 

  • Confusion or brain fog

  • Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears 

  • Light and sound sensitivity 

  • Nausea and vomiting 

  • Convulsions and seizures 

  • Excessive sleepiness 

Traumatic brain injury can have long-term consequences as well. These include, but are not limited to: 

  • Anxiety, depression, anger, or irritability 

  • Car or motion sickness 

  • Difficulty reading, concentrating, remembering, or finding things 

  • Getting lost 

  • Short-term and long-term memory loss  

  • Irregular heartbeat 

  • Sleep difficulties

Long-term consequences of traumatic brain injuries can be especially insidious because they may be difficult to measure or could be attributable to other sources. They may impact the ability to hold down a job or maintain relationships. This is why it is important to speak with a doctor and a personal injury attorney immediately following a car accident; seeking appropriate medical treatment, including diagnoses and documentation of symptoms, is crucial for securing just compensation for your injuries. 

Contact a Fort Bend County, TX Car Crash Injury Lawyer

Car crashes can cause serious head injuries that can have years and even decades of consequences for a victim’s ability to work and maintain personal relationships. If you or a loved one have been badly injured in a Texas car crash, schedule a free consultation with a Katy, TX car accident injury attorney with The Hatton Law Firm, PLLC. Call our office today at 713-840-6344 and schedule a free initial consultation. 




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