Why am I confused and/or disoriented after my accident?
Oftentimes, we have clients who have been involved in an accident, and they initially say they walked away feeling uninjured, only to have symptoms such as neck pain, headaches, back and shoulder pain, and vertigo, which occur days, weeks, or even months later.
Another unexpected symptom that many of our clients experience is brain fog, often related to head trauma from their accident. Accidents, such as car crashes and slip and falls, can result in the injured party feeling confused and/ or disoriented, symptoms which are indicative of brain fog. Brain fog can be one of the most life-altering symptoms you can have after an accident because it can affect you in tasks you have to complete in your everyday life.
What is brain fog?
Brain fog can explain why you are feeling confused or disoriented after your accident. “Brain fog,” although not a medical term, is used in reference to a collection of symptoms that include reduced mental acuity and cognition, loss of short and long-term memory, and the inability to multitask or concentrate. If you are experiencing brain fog, you may be finding that your thinking is slower, or that you aren’t able to keep up with your day to day tasks as you did prior to your accident. Work, childcare, household chores, simple exercises, etc. can become difficult when you are suffering from brain fog. The stress that brain fog can put on your everyday life may put you in a position where you are able to seek larger compensation for your injuries in a personal injury claim.
What causes brain fog?
8 mph is enough force in an impact to damage soft tissue in the brain, which can explain why someone might walk away from just being in an auto accident feeling just fine, only to develop symptoms of brain fog later on.
Brain fog is a symptom that can occur as a result of one or more of the following injuries:
- Concussion (Mild, Moderate, and Severe)
- Coup- Contrecoup Injury
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI)
If you have sustained one of these injuries and your symptoms of brain fog do not resolve within six to twelve months, you should seek medical attention because it may be indicative of a much more serious medical condition; such as chronic whiplash syndrome, post-concussion syndrome, or neurocognitive disorder due to traumatic brain injury.
I wasn’t told that I had a brain injury after my accident, so why do I have brain fog?
If you are experiencing brain fog after your accident and you weren’t diagnosed with a head trauma-related injury, it is possible that your injury slipped under the radar. Head related injuries can be difficult to diagnose because their symptoms often don’t occur until days, weeks, or months after the accident. Symptoms of an undiagnosed head-related injury include sensory issues, changes in behavior, headaches, and cognitive difficulties, such as brain fog. If you or a loved one are experiencing one or more of these symptoms after an accident and have not been previously diagnosed with having suffered a head-related injury, contact medical professional services immediately.
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If you or a loved one are suffering from brain fog after an accident, call our office to find out how we can help. While we know that a financial reward cannot heal your injuries, relief from the stress of economic and personal worries can ease your concerns about recovery. You might be able to pursue legal action and seek financial assistance for help with your medical bills and related expenses. Head trauma cases can lead to a wide range of settlement or award amounts, depending in part on the type of head injury you suffered, the length of your recovery, the severity of the injury, the toll the injury has taken on your personal life, related circumstances and even who you retain as legal counsel. Our personal injury lawyers at Hancock Injury have worked on varied head trauma cases and obtained fair and just compensation for the victims of injury accidents. Call us today or fill out our online contact form and we will get back to you right away.