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Car accidents and brain injuries: What you should know

If you have been the victim of a motor vehicle accident in Knoxville, or anywhere else across the state, you know first-hand how easy it is to become seriously injured. In fact, you may have walked away from the collision thinking that you were fine, only to find out days later that you have suffered a concussion or traumatic brain injury.  Our attorneys at Pryor Priest and Harber know how these injuries can affect your quality of life, including your ability to earn a living, engage in hobbies and interact with friends and family. Since time is of the essence when it comes to diagnosing and treating brain injuries, knowing the signs of TBI may help to reduce any long-term cognitive damage that you experience as a result of an accident injury.

Although the symptoms of TBI are unique, depending on the location and severity of the brain injury, there are some common signs to look for.  According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, these include the following:

  •          Persistent headaches, nausea and vomiting
  •          Tingling in the extremities and/or muscle weakness
  •          Trouble sleeping, staying awake or concentrating
  •          Changes in your ability to see, hear or understand others

Brain injuries that involve the frontal lobe of the brain may cause changes in your personality, ability to remember details and alter how you process information. Studies show that even mild damage to certain parts of the brain can result in long-term cognitive damage.

To find out more about traumatic brain damage and other types of accident-related injuries, visit our page on automobile accidents. 

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