One of the most dangerous injuries after a car accident is also one of the least understood. Concussions and brain injuries after a serious car accident require immediate medical care and also caution.
Why a Blow to the Head Requires Caution?
Brain injuries can easily be fatal, and most can’t me seen without a CT scan or MRI. If you have sustained a blow to the head or experience any symptoms of closed head injury seeing a doctor is vital.
When to Seek Medical Attention for Head Injury After an Accident?
Web M.D. a leading health portal suggest the following about when to see a doctor if when you suspect you may have a head injury.
Seek medical care immediately if:
* you are disoriented or have lapses in memory
* you are uncharacteristically sleepy
* you are irritable or restless without reason
* loss of strength in your hands or feet
After car accident many people find they have a head injury that they initially thought was no big deal at the accident scene. Concussions and traumatic brain injury are extremely serious injuries and can even lead to death.
If You Suspect a Head Injury
If a loved one has been in a car accident and you suspect a head injury, Web M.D. recommends the following:
* do not leave the person alone for the first 24 hours
* check the person every two hours
* watch for new symptoms such as confusion, vomiting or unequal pupils
* if symptoms persist or get worse, seek medical attention promptly.
Some of the diagnostic testing that is done to help diagnose a head injury after car accident includes a CT scan, or CAT scan or even an EEG or MRI.
Even Minor Car Accidents Can Be Fatal
A few years ago in Houston, after a small fender bender accident the parties simply exchanged information went their own way and the officer did not even write an accident report. One of the ladies in the crash thought she was fine and went home. That day she developed a headache and it persistently got worse, to the point she was eventually admitted into the emergency room. Unfortunately, this person never left the hospital and died from her head injury.
While this is an extreme example, people in car accident or a collision with a big rig that have any symptoms of a closed head injury should monitor their situation closely and seek medical attention when appropriate.
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