If you have been diagnosed with a brain injury after an Atlanta traffic accident, you may wonder "How can I have a brain injury if my head doesn't look hurt?"   
A closed brain injury is any injury to the brain in which the skull is not penetrated, so there may not be any external signs of injury.  Closed brain injuries are usually caused by a blow to the head, or a sudden, violent motion that causes the brain to knock against the inside of the skull.   More than half a million people suffer closed brain injuries each year, and car accidents are the leading cause of closed brain injuries.
There are several ways to sustain a closed brain injury in an Atlanta traffic accident:

1. The victim's head may smash against part of the vehicle during the crash
2. The force of the crash can cause the brain to hit the interior of the skull
3. The head may be struck by a flying object
4. Another vehicle may penetrate the passenger cabin and strike the victim's head
5. The victim may be ejected from the vehicle and hit his head
It can be difficult to diagnose a closed brain injury because after the accident, there may not be any visible signs of head trauma and symptoms may not appear until hours, days, or even weeks after the car accident.  If you have been in a car accident, see a doctor immediately if you have any of the following symptoms of brain injury:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Respiratory issues
  • Convulsions
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Cerebrospinal fluid leaking from nose or ears
  • Speech and language problems
  • Vision issues
  • Emotional and behavioral changes

While severe head injuries often show signs within days, even mild head injuries should not be ignored.  If untreated, even a mild concussion can cause brain damage.
The brain damage from a closed head injury sustained in a car accident can have physical, cognitive, and psychological effects.  
Physical Effects

  • Headaches
  • Paralysis
  • Weakness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Sensory problems
  • Nausea or vertigo
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty speaking

Cognitive effects:

  • Problems with short term and long term memory.
  • Difficulty concentrating or paying attention
  • Trouble with reasoning or problem solving
  • Difficulty processing information

Psychological Effects

  • Personality changes
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of inhibition

These effects can make it difficult for a head injury victim to work or even to live independently.  The lifetime cost of a serious brain injury is between $600,000 and $1,875,000.
If you or a loved one has suffered closed brain injury from an Atlanta car accident, you may be eligible to seek compensation if the accident was caused by another person's negligence.  An Atlanta brain injury attorney can help you get compensation for medical expenses, loss of income or earning potential, long term care and therapy, and pain and suffering. For more information contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 and ask to schedule a free consultation with an Atlanta brain injury attorney.
For more information about how you can protect your Atlanta car accident injury claim, download our free book: "10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case."

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