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Are your headaches a sign of traumatic brain injury?

When you heard the impact of the other car smashing into yours on a California highway, you may have thought it was the end. Thankfully, you survived, and rescue workers got you to the nearest hospital in the nick of time for treatment of your injuries. Since then, you have spent weeks working your way back to good health and have been thankful for the many people who are part of your support network. It's the headaches that have you worried.

You are right to concern yourself, as repeated headaches following a car accident may be a sign of traumatic brain injury. If you have other symptoms as well and are not feeling well but aren't sure if it's related to your accident, you can reach out for help and take steps to address the matter as needed. If the driver who hit you was negligent in some way, you may also want to talk to someone about how to recover your losses.

Signs of brain trauma

Brain injury symptoms aren't always immediately apparent. Special tests and other signs often help diagnose such conditions. The following list are red flags that you may be suffering signs of brain injury:

  • Trouble concentrating, focusing or forming coherent thoughts or speech
  • Repetitive memory loss
  • Dizziness or unstable gait when walking
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Mild, moderate or severe head pain
  • Stomach ache or nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty staying awake
  • Falling unconscious at any time

This list above is by no means extensive, as there may be other symptoms that may also suggest you suffered a brain injury when another car collided with yours. Even if many weeks have passed since your accident, it is important that you seek immediate medical attention if you exhibit one or more of the symptoms described here. Medical care is quite expensive, and there is no reason you should be held fully accountable if the other driver was drunk or otherwise negligent. Proving negligence caused your injuries can be quite challenging.

A California personal injury attorney can explain the process of filing a personal injury claim in court to seek recovery for economic losses associated with a car accident. Many accident victims use compensation awarded in court to offset medical expenses and cover other economic loss during recovery, such as loss of income at work or costs associated with assisted living care.

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