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When Is a Concussion More Than “Just a Concussion?”

By Luke Dow on November 02, 2016

A single concussion – that’s all it takes to derail your future. This is a hard truth faced by countless victims whose lives were forever changed by car accidents.

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A new study published in PLOS Medicine revealed what many of us have feared: A single concussion increases your likelihood of requiring mental health care, reduces your chances of graduating high school, and increases your chances of dying prematurely.

For those who have suffered more than a single concussion, the risk of premature death rises dramatically.

Here are the most common signs of a brain injury:

  1. Cognitive impairment;
  2. Physical abnormalities;
  3. Emotional instability; and
  4. Perceptual issues.
If you are suffering from injuries sustained during a car accident, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is an accident attorney in Austin who will assess your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.

Call 512-518-4104 today to schedule a consultation. You can also visit http://car-accident.usattorneys.com/texas to learn more about car accident injury lawsuits in Texas.

Let’s take a closer look at four common signs of a brain injury: 1. Cognitive Impairment

Victims of car crashes often focus on their physical injuries, which can range from cuts and abrasions to broken bones and torn ligaments. However, concussions often lurk under the surface, manifesting in a variety of ways.

People who suffered brain damage may show several signs of cognitive impairment. For example, according to WebMD, victims often struggle to process information and express thoughts, or they exhibit shortened attention spans.

Take note: Many sufferers also have impaired decision-making ability and suffer from both short- and long-term memory loss. 2. Physical Abnormalities

The effects of brain damage extend beyond cognitive impairment. Often, sufferers report persistent headaches, paralysis, uncontrollable tremors, light sensitivity, sleeping disorders, slurred speech and even seizures.

However, not all symptoms are that extreme. For example, you may experience mental and physical fatigue, which could impact your performance at work.

3. Emotional Instability

The brain is responsible for controlling all functions of your body; therefore, damage to this organ can impact your emotional well-being. People with traumatic brain injuries may become irritable or impatient, incapable of coping with stress, experience persistent sluggishness, and undergo flattened or heightened emotions or reactions.

  1. Perceptual Issues
The way we perceive the world dictates how we interact with it. However, brain damage can often scramble our internal circuitry, confusing the signals picked up by our ears, eyes, nose and skin.

A concussion can cause changes in vision, hearing or sense of touch, spatial disorientation, disorders of smell and taste, balance problems, heightened sensitivity to pain, and an inability to sense or understand time. If you suffered a brain injury in a car accident, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is a board-certified personal-injury lawyer in Austin who will help you fight for the highest possible compensation. Call 512-518-4104 today to schedule a consultation.

 

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