After a serious bike accident or a car accident on the freeway, you may go through a lot of changes almost overnight. You may be emotionally upset, in physical pain, and still reeling from what happened, but don’t be too quick to dismiss changes in the way you normally feel or act. If you suffered head or neck trauma in the accident, these small changes can sometimes be the symptoms of an “invisible” brain injury.

Brain Injuries Are Often “Invisible” After an Accident

Brain injuries can be tricky because, often, there are no external signs of injury. This makes some brain injuries, especially minor to moderate head trauma, more or less “invisible” to victims and their family and friends. In the first few hours after the event, the victim may seem fairly normal, but symptoms may worsen quickly without prompt diagnosis and treatment.

Early or Minor Brain Injury Symptoms Can Be Easy to Miss

Many of the symptoms of concussions and other brain trauma are emotional or behavioral in nature, and these symptoms can easily be mistaken or brushed away. Unfortunately, brain injuries are most effectively treated in the first hours or days after the initial trauma, and missing symptoms of a problem can cause the injury to worsen before doctors are able to intervene or reverse the potential damage.

Everyone should understand the symptoms of brain injury. After you or a loved one sustains a blow to the head or neck, see a doctor immediately, and be alert for the following kinds of easy-to-miss symptoms:

  • Depression and mood swings
  • Behavioral changes
  • Complaints of headache or dizziness
  • Trouble with memory
  • Fatigue and changes in sleep patterns
  • Changes in speech
  • Weakness, numbness, and trouble coordinating movements

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious brain injury, reach out to our San Bernardino and Los Angeles attorneys today for immediate answers and assistance with your legal concerns, or visit our YouTube Channel for more information about victims’ rights.


Peter Steinberg
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982