After an accident in North Carolina, it is vitally important that everyone involved be checked by a medical professional to pinpoint any injuries and make sure they are treated correctly. Because brain injuries are different for every person and they may show up days or even weeks after an accident, it is important to know what to watch for if you or someone you love has been in an accident.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are wide-ranging psychological and physical effects of hitting the head in an accident. A mild injury may only affect the brain temporarily, but a serious traumatic brain injury can cause torn tissues, bruising, bleeding and serious physical damage to the brain.

Some physical symptoms of a mild brain injury include headaches, vomiting or nausea. You should also watch for loss of balance or dizziness, sleeping longer than usual, difficulty sleeping, drowsiness or fatigue, problems with speech, regular headaches and loss of consciousness, confusion or disorientation.

In more severe cases of injury, you may notice a loss of coordination, the inability to wake up, seizures or convulsions, repeated nausea or vomiting, persistent headaches or headaches that seem to get worse over time. Those with a severe brain injury may also lose consciousness for anywhere from several minutes to hours. Cognitive or mental symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include slurred speech, a coma or other changes to consciousness and profound confusion.

If you believe you have a brain injury from an accident, it is a good idea to get to a hospital or medical professional as quickly as possible. If it is caught in time, the damage may be minimized.

This information is intended for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice.