Head Injuries after a Car Accident

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Head Injuries after a Car Accident
Written By: Josh Lowell ~ 7/27/2020

The impact from a car accident may be incredibly forceful. The resulting collision may force your head to crack against the airbag, window, or headrest. This type of blow often leads to head injury. Unlike broken bones or even more common whiplash symptoms, the effects of head trauma often go unnoticed. It is important to recognize the possible indicators of a head injury and seek proper medical attention. These conditions – especially if left untreated – may lead to severe cognitive decline and both temporary and permanent disability.

After a motor vehicle crash, the force of the blow often leads your head to impact the interior of your vehicle causing your brain to crush within against your skull. Even in situations where your head does not hit the vehicle’s interior, the high-speed whiplash effect after a crash may be enough for your brain to suffer damage from intercranial movement. Often, the first sign of a head injury is a simple headache, which often goes unnoticed or blamed on other pain complaints like neck pain. However, there are many other symptoms that you should look for after a crash and bring to your doctor’s attention right away if noticed, including:

  • Ear ringing
  • Nausea
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  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Blurry vision
  • Confusion or “brain fog”
  • Dizziness
  • Forgetfulness and trouble concentrating
  • Speech difficulties
  • Irritability and other personality changes
  • Sensitivity to light and noise

From mild cases of concussion, time, returning to life activity, and over-the-counter medication may be recommended by your treating physician. However, if more severe, brain scans may be indicated to ensure there is no objective brain injuries or bleeding. Speech therapy, physical therapy, and vestibular therapy may be utilized to help rehabilitate concussion symptoms by improving strength and returning connection within vestibular system (your inner ear) to proper balance.

Most milder concussion injuries will improve over time. Working with your care team to get back to normal life may be your best bet to returning to your baseline condition. With more severe injuries, support groups and ongoing treatment may help you manage your symptoms. After a car accident, especially if you have suffered a brain injury, support is crucial to ensure your rights are protected. At the law office of Magnuson Lowell PS, our team of qualified attorneys are dedicated to fighting for you.

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