Head Injuries Due to Car Accidents
Head injuries are among the most common types of car accident injuries. Even a minor crash or collision can leave you suffering damage that is capable of causing permanent impairments. In some cases, these injuries can be life threatening and potentially fatal. The following describes common types of head injuries that occur in car accidents and the symptoms that often appear, even days or weeks after the accident happened.
Car Accident Head Injuries
Healthline advises that head injuries can occur due to any sudden bump, blow, or jolting movement of the head and are frequently a factor in all types of motor vehicle accidents. The result can be closed injuries, which involve bumps or bruising that leaves the skull bones intact, or open injuries that penetrate through the scalp or skull and into the brain. There are five common types of head injuries that may occur in car accidents:
- Hematoma, which is bruising that can result in blood clots in the blood vessels in the brain;
- Hemorrhage, which is uncontrollable bleeding in the brain or the brain tissues;
- Concussion, which occurs when your brain bounces against the hard walls of the bones within the skull;
- Edema, which involves swelling of the brain and surrounding tissues;
- Skull fractures, which involve breaks in the bones surrounding the brain;
All of the above are considered traumatic brain injuries (TBI), capable of causing serious and potentially permanent impairments. Diffuse axonal injuries are another common head injury that can occur in car accidents. Rather than resulting from a bump or blow, these injuries result in damage to brain cells, usually due to a loss of oxygen.
Symptoms of Head Injuries
Any time you are involved in a car accident, you should seek medical care immediately. Head injuries often have symptoms which are impossible to detect until hours or days after the accident occurred. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of head and possible brain injuries include the following:
- Loss of consciousness;
- Feeling dizzy or fainting;
- Blurred vision and ringing in the ears;
- Difficulty in remembering details of the accident;
- Pupils dilated in different sizes;
- Severe headaches;
- Nausea and vomiting;
- Sleep disturbances, such as being excessively tired, or having trouble falling asleep;
- Difficulty communicating or understanding what is being said.
Personality changes are common after a head injury and are often subtle. These may include increased anxiety, depression, fits of rage, and difficulty concentrating. In some cases, these symptoms clear up within a few months, while others result in permanent impairments.
Let Us Help You Today
When head injuries due to car accidents occur, it can have a significant impact on every area of your life. Contact the Wexler Law Firm, P.A. to request a consultation with our West Palm Beach car accident attorney, who can advise you on the types of compensation you may be entitled to. We provide trusted legal guidance you can count on to help ensure any of your current and future needs are provided for. Call or contact our West Palm Beach office online today.