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That bump on your head might not be so insignificant after all

You never know when an uneventful day is going to wind up leading to circumstances that change your life forever. For instance, you may be a very cautious and alert driver; however, if you're on your way to work and another motorist runs a red light, instead of arriving safely at your office 10 minutes later, you might wake up in a hospital bed, wondering where you are and how you got there. Of course, car accidents aren't the only incidents that can cause you to need hospitalization.

Any number of incidents may occur that place you at risk for injury. Head injuries, in particular, are often especially severe, requiring long and arduous recoveries and sometimes resulting in partial or permanent disabilities. If another person's negligence causes your injury, you may at least be able to recover the financial losses associated with your injuries.

Head injury symptoms are not always immediately apparent

If you've never suffered a traumatic head injury in your life, it may be difficult to recognize the signs of one. Symptoms of severe head trauma sometimes develop over time, and you might think everything is fine in the immediate aftermath of an accident (aside from a few bumps or bruises) only to later learn you are far more seriously injured than you thought. The list below includes various symptoms of head trauma that may help you determine whether your condition necessitates medical attention:

  • Light-headedness: Perhaps you were able to return to work, and most of your basic daily activities, after your accident but keep experiencing moments of wooziness that make you feel off-balance. This could definitely be a sign that you suffered a head injury.
  • Nausea: Sometimes stress can make you feel a bit nauseous; however, if nausea is lingering days or weeks following an incident that caused you injury, you may want to revisit a doctor to see if perhaps there is an underlying head injury of which you were initially unaware. If you vomit, you should consider it a medical emergency.
  • Confusion: Are you having trouble concentrating or understanding simple things since your accident? Are you struggling with short or long-term memory loss? These are common signs of a brain injury.
  • Vision impairment: If you're having trouble focusing your vision and you recently fell down stairs, were in a car accident or were hit or bumped on the head in any way, you may want to seek medical attention in case you have suffered a head injury.

No two recovery processes are exactly the same regarding head trauma. One person might be back to normal and independently resume all basic life functions in a few days or couple weeks following an accident while another is left debilitated for life. Your condition may fall anywhere between those two descriptions as the scale for head trauma recovery is quite broad.

The important thing to remember is that if another person's negligence was responsible for your injury, you may not have to bear the financial burden of medical bills or other expenses related to the incident. By reaching out for support, you can pursue justice and seek full recovery for your losses.

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