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Is a blow to the head in a car accident really dangerous?

When you are involved in a car accident, you may not immediately register just how violent such an accident really is, especially if you only received a blow to the head and no other visible injuries.

Unfortunately, any trauma to the head can have severe effects, even if you think that yours was no big deal. Whenever someone hits their head, they risk the potential of suffering some form of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

A mild TBI is the most common type of injury sustained in a car accident, and the word "mild" is often misleading. More severe traumatic brain injuries result in coma or even death. Whereas mild TBIs are certainly less harmful than their more serious counterparts, they still pose genuine threats to many areas of your life and ability to function.

Those who might claim that a mild TBI is "not a real injury" or merely an excuse to behave poorly are sadly mistaken about the seriousness of the injury. Unfortunately, when the brain is involved, things are rarely simple, and diagnosing a mild TBI is not always easy.

If you suffered a blow to the head in a recent car accident, don't wait to seek out professional medical care and then consult with an attorney who can help you understand the next steps forward in pursuing reasonable compensation for your injury and associated losses.

You may face many symptoms

One of the most troubling aspects of a mild TBI is the exceptional range of symptoms it can produce. Your brain is the control center for every function in your body, and when it suffers any damage or strain, it can produce unpredictable results.

Often, victims of mild TBIs experience several changes in the way they interact with the world. You may find that completing simple tasks that you once did easily is far more challenging now. This is sometimes especially true of any task that requires sustained concentration.

In many cases, this difficulty concentrating is compounded by uncontrollable frustration you may feel at your inability to maintain the same levels of efficiency you did before the accident.

Furthermore, you may find that the way you perceive the world is confusing. Your senses of taste or smell may change, or you may feel a fogginess in the brain. You may regularly misread things or misinterpret the things others say in conversation, leading to great confusion. For those who work in corporate environments, this is particularly threatening to a career.

Beyond these somewhat subtle symptoms, you may also experience headaches or persistent nausea, and, in some cases, seizures.

On top of all these things, these symptoms can persist for up to a year without professional medical treatment. If you have any reason to believe you suffered a blow to the head in a car accident, take steps to care for yourself, your career, and your family by getting the help you need to make a full recovery.

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