How Can I Tell If I Have a Brain Injury After My Car Accident?

How Can I Tell If I Have a Brain Injury After My Car Accident?

By the time a human is fully grown, their brain is home to over 99,000,000 nerve cells all pulling together so that the body is able to think, feel, act, and even perform vital involuntary actions. 

The brain is absolutely an indispensable part of the body. It seems somewhat counterintuitive then, that it should be soft and delicate; spongy gray matter and thick bunches of nerves. 

It is crucial that you are able to recognize the symptoms of a brain injury. Should you begin exhibiting any of these symptoms after a car accident, you need to seek medical treatment right away. It is often the case that when an accident results in a brain injury, the victim is entirely unaware that anything is wrong.

Symptoms such as nausea, headaches, disorientation, and sluggish pupils are all significant clues that are likely indicating that a concussion, brain injury, or brain bleeding is at work. Any traumatic event that causes injury to the brain is classified as a traumatic brain injury. 

The impact that such an injury has on the functioning of the brain can fall anywhere on the spectrum. You could have a mild concussion that resolves itself quickly and easily.  You could also be the recipient of a penetrating brain injury that requires a surgeon to pick out the broken bits of skull and drill additional holes in your head to keep your swelling brain from damaging itself further by pushing against what’s left of your parietal bone.

Brain Injury Symptoms

How Can I Tell If I Have a Brain Injury After My Car Accident?

Symptoms that could indicate a brain injury:

  • Abnormal pressure or pain in the head such as unusual headaches or migraines
  • The onset of vertigo
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Disorientation, confusion
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Persistent fatigue

As scary as it sounds, It is not at all uncommon for the victim of a traumatic brain injury to be unaware they are behaving differently or that their motor functions have been impaired. It is absolutely vital that the victim’s friends and family emphasize the importance of seeking medical treatment as soon as possible.


The most reliable way to ascertain whether or not a brain injury has occurred is to identify any changes in the victim’s capabilities, intelligence or functioning. The victim’s normal behavior is referred to as the baseline, meaning it is the standard by which their current behavior will be judged. If no baseline is available for the doctor,  it is much more challenging to recognize a problem. 

The symptoms exhibited by the victim will probably grow more serious as the day wears on. This is caused by the brain struggling to heal and carry out its normal functions.

Any injury that is incurred during a car accident has the capacity to be quite serious and demand comprehensive medical treatment. Luckily, injuries such as broken bones are easily discovered and the plan of treatment is well-established. Traumatic brain injuries, however, aren’t always immediately apparent, and may not reveal their presence for days or even weeks. In a few cases, the victims will not even realize that the symptoms they are starting to notice may be a direct result of their car crash.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, then you need to retain the legal services of a licensed, qualified brain injury attorney as soon as you are able. Here at Germany Law Firm, PLLC, we are able to help you fight for the financial compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering to which you are entitled under Mississippi law. Please reach out to us by calling (601) 401-6884 and speaking with one of our attorneys regarding your personal injury case. Schedule an appointment for your free consultation with us today.