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How brain injuries can affect accident victims

One of the more common injuries to victims of a motor vehicle accident is a brain injury. In fact, each year, there are about 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries in the United States, including victims in and near the Bernalillo, New Mexico, area. The brain is one of the most important organs in the human body, and any injury to it could lead to serious disabilities.

Although the brain is protected by a very sturdy and strong skull, when a car accident occurs, its location on top of the head can make it especially vulnerable to an impact. The skull itself, although designed to protect the brain, could be partially to blame, as most injuries involve the brain making violent contact with the skull, which could lead to brain swelling or blood clots within the brain. Such injuries are not always easy to recognize, as they happen inside the head.

Unlike many injuries to other parts of the body, it is not always easy to diagnose or determine if a brain injury occurred. Common symptoms include confusion or memory loss, feeling tired or lethargic, dizziness, nausea and headaches. More serious brain injuries could be more obvious, with paralysis, a loss of consciousness and even death.

As one would expect, a brain injury could lead to serious long-term or even life-long consequences for its victim. If you have been the victim of a serious brain injury due to a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury. It might be in your best interest to speak with a legal professional to learn how to proceed.

Source: Findlaw.com, "Brain Injury Overview," Accessed June 26, 2017

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