When people think of injuries that occur in a car crash, those thoughts might automatically turn to things like broken bones or other injuries that are readily apparent at the scene of the crash. However, others can occur that you might not notice right away.
One of these is a brain injury. The symptoms of this type of injury may appear days or even weeks after the crash. Because of this, it’s imperative that anyone who’s been in a crash watches for signs of a head injury.
What are the signs of a brain injury?
Brain injuries can cause a variety of symptoms, including headaches, changes in vision and trouble with memory. Nausea, seizures, exhaustion, and balancing difficulties are also possible. These may occur suddenly, but they might also happen slowly over time.
What types of brain injuries might occur in a car crash?
One of the most common brain injuries that people suffer in crashes is a concussion. This occurs when the brain slams against the inside of the skull. The symptoms of a concussion may start shortly after the crash or be delayed a few days.
A contusion, which is a bruise on the brain is also possible. Some people might experience penetrating injuries, which means something entered in to the brain. Diffuse axonal injuries are possible, but uncommon. These involve a tearing of the brain structures due to a rotation of the head.
These brain injuries will need medical care. This can be costly, so people who are injured when another party crashes in to them may opt to seek compensation for expenses and damages. An experienced attorney can help you review your options.