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A car crash can give you a headache -- literally

Your trip to town on a sunny day can easily turn into a nightmarish excursion as a result of a car crash. What makes the situation worse is if another driver's negligence, which may have been preventable, caused the collision.

Unfortunately, sometimes car collisions cause serious injuries, including brain injuries. Here is a look at what an injury to the brain involves and what your legal rights are in Hawaii if somebody's negligence caused you to suffer such an injury in a car crash.

Signs you may have a brain injury

A brain injury is an injury that happens as a result of a blow to your head. Here are several signs that you may have suffered an injury to your brain:

  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Losing consciousness
  • Becoming confused
  • Slurred speech
  • Feeling weak in your legs and/or arms
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Losing your vision
  • Serious headache
  • Feeling extra drowsy
  • Feelings of numbness

In the event that you suffer any of these symptoms, it may be a good idea to see a doctor as quickly as possible for a diagnosis.

How will a doctor diagnose and treat your brain injury?

A doctor can use a wide range of tools to diagnose a brain injury. For instance, he or she may use an imaging test, such as a magnetic resonance imaging or computed tomography scan, to look at your brain. In addition, using the Glasgow Coma Scale Test, a doctor sees how well you follow basic directions to determine your level of brain injury.

If you indeed suffered a brain injury, you may have to complete physical or speech therapy to regain these functions. You might also have to undergo surgery or even take anti-seizure medication depending on your situation.

Your rights following an accident causing a brain injury

If the other driver who caused your brain injury did so by being negligent, it is within your rights to file a personal injury claim against this person, seeking damages allowed by law. In a successfully fought suit, you might receive a monetary award that may help you to cover your hospital bills and other losses tied to the car crash.

The monetary damages may also help you to address pain and suffering stemming from the accident. Your damage award cannot undo the events leading to your brain injuries, but it may help you to more easily move forward from them.

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