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How is a traumatic brain injury diagnosed after a crash?

When you're in a serious collision, you may hit your head on a window, the steering wheel or debris. You might not hit anything directly but still suffer a jarring impact from whipping your head from side to side or forward and back.

In any case, these impacts can hurt your brain. You may have injuries from the brain's impact against your skull, from a direct impact or even from an item impaling your skull.

How is a brain injury diagnosed?

After you hit your head, you may exhibit signs of confusion or obvious bruising or wounds. At the hospital, several tests and exams may be performed including:

  • Computed tomography scans
  • Magnetic resonance scans
  • X-rays
  • Physical exams

From these exams, your medical provider will be able to diagnose the brain injury and level you've suffered. If swelling continues, you may need to have an operation or take medication to reduce the pressure on your brain.

How long does it take to recover from a brain injury?

It is hard to say, because all brain injuries are different. Some patients may recover better than others, based on outside factors like their health, the speed at which they were treated and the time spent on rehabilitation.

If you suffer a brain injury as a result of a traffic accident, the driver who is responsible for the crash should be held liable for the personal injuries, medical expenses and other damages they caused. Holding the negligent motorist's insurance provider liable allows you to focus on your health instead of concerning yourself with medical care costs.

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