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The Uncommon Signs of Head Trauma After a Personal Injury

Head Trauma
Head injuries are much more debilitating than many other personal injuries people face. Some people with mild head injuries live each day with symptoms, while those with severe injuries may remain in a vegetative state for the rest of their lives.

Unfortunately, many people do not realize they are living with symptoms of a head injury until it is almost too late. If you experienced a head injury as the result of a personal injury accident, you need to be aware of these common symptoms, especially if you are thinking about pursuing a personal injury case.


While whiplash is a common injury after an accident, many people do not realize the connection between whiplash and head injuries. Whiplash is actually linked to a concussion, which may need to be treated with the help of rehabilitative treatment.

Whiplash often feels like neck strain. Symptoms include decreased range of motion, stiffness, and headaches. Since whiplash is not visible, many people overlook it as soreness after an accident or injury. 


One of the hardest symptoms to address is forgetfulness, often because it does not become noticeable immediately after an accident. For individuals with moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) after an accident, memory issues are not uncommon. You should not overlook your injuries after an accident, as you could neglect important treatment you need to receive, especially if your memory is affected.


Brain trauma may become evident with the level of fatigue you experience. Fatigue also comes with its own set of side effects, including depression, frustration, and irritability. Some people begin to feel dizzy throughout the day as well. One doctor suggests that as many as 10 percent of brain injury patients experience fatigue as a side effect.


For some people, their experience is just the opposite. They may actually have more difficulty falling asleep. Even individuals who feel tired throughout the day may struggle with being able to fall asleep at night because of a head injury.


While some people are naturally clumsy, others do not experience issues with balance until after they have been in a car accident. People with this kind of symptom are more likely to exhibit difficulty walking on uneven terrain or using stairs. Loss of coordination is closely associated with TBIs.

Sensitivity to Lights

You may notice that you have headaches and other symptoms associated with sensitivity to lights after a personal injury. Some people experience sensitivity to only certain kinds of light, while others are sensitive to all light. This sensitivity to light can also lend itself to vision issues.

Change in Emotional State

A head injury can actually impact your emotional state much more than you might think. You could find yourself becoming more emotional more often. Some people feel more nervous or anxious, while others are depressed more often.

Overlooked Emergency Signs of Head Injuries

The symptoms listed here are often persistent and long-lasting. Some head injuries are more serious than others and require immediate medical care. For example, you should seek medical attention today if you have headaches that do not seem to lessen. You should also get immediate help if you experience slurred speech, seizures, convulsions, or unconsciousness.

Pursuing a Head Injury Case in Court

When you sue somebody for a personal injury in South Carolina, you are working with a statute of limitations. But some symptoms of a head injury may not be immediate, so you may not realize the extent of your injuries until later. The statute of limitations in South Carolina is three years after you should have reasonably been able to determine you were injured.

Have you experienced the symptoms of a head injury as a result of a personal injury accident caused by another party? Even if it has been longer than three years since the accident itself, you could have a case. Call The McDaniel Law Firm today to set up a consultation with an attorney who is compassionate and caring.