A car crash may have harsh impacts even at lower speeds, and the force of those impacts has the potential to cause serious or fatal injuries. In many car crashes, people suffer blows to the head and sudden impacts that whip their head and neck around in a painful manner.
It’s for these reasons that traumatic brain injuries are so common following collisions. Traumatic brain injuries are some of the worst that can happen, and they do have the potential to lead to lifelong consequences if not death.
Not all traumatic brain injuries are easy to see immediately after an impact. Delays in swelling and fluid buildup may mean that the symptoms of the injuries are hidden for a few hours or even days. That’s why seeking medical attention after a crash is vital.
How can you recognize a traumatic brain injury?
Recognizing the signs of a traumatic brain injury is the first step in preventing complications and getting the help you need. Some of the common symptoms to look out for include:
- Trouble speaking and communicating
- Nausea and vomiting
- Memory trouble
- Blurry vision or changes in vision
People with brain injuries may also have changes in their behavior or emotions. You may feel more tired than usual or become easily distracted or confused.
If you show signs of a brain injury, it’s essential to seek medical care as soon as possible.
How can early treatment help a brain injury?
Getting treatment as soon as you can helps to prevent complications caused by swelling, fluid retention, the buildup of blood under the skull and other issues. When you go to the hospital, the medical team will examine you for a skull fracture, hematoma, concussion and symptoms of brain injuries or damage.
Early treatment may reduce swelling and could, in serious cases, help you get the surgical care you need before the condition worsens.
If you’re involved in a crash, don’t delay in seeking help. You should go to the hospital. The at-fault driver may be held responsible, and you can make a personal injury claim to ask them to cover your medical expenses or other financial losses.