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3 years after a crash, woman discovers a brain fluid leak

Some accident wounds are immediately apparent, such as bleeding or a broken bone. However, many symptoms of injuries take days or even months to figure out.

For one woman, it took three years before she realized that a crash caused a dangerous problem: her brain was losing essential protective fluid every day.

As NPR reports, she finally found the problem after battling with the wrong diagnosis. In the days after the crash, she noticed a runny nose. When it didn’t subside, she went to the doctor in hopes of treatment. The doctors she spoke with over the next three years, however, wrote her problems off as chronic allergies.

The woman eventually chose to make an appointment with a sinus specialist. Only then was she able to understand what really happened in the crash. During the collision, her head hit the dashboard, causing a fracture in her upper nose area. This is what allowed brain fluid to camouflage as mere sniffles. The leak could have caused brain swelling, infection or even hearing loss if she wasn’t able to find treatment in time.

Her story is only one of many that involve brain damage from a car accident. Other victims can suffer from whiplash and concussions, nerve damage and puncture wounds. These injuries range from relatively mild and treatable to life-altering or fatal. In Pennsylvania, victims have until two years after they discover the injury – not necessarily starting at the time of the crash – to choose to file a civil suit.

Crash injuries can impact so many parts of a victim’s life. For this woman, the leak kept her awake at night and miserable during the day. Treatment and accommodations for these new issues may be expensive, which is why a lawsuit can play a large role in the recovery process.

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