Head Injury & Headaches From Vehicle Accidents
Your head is prone to a variety of accident related injuries, often from hitting the steering wheel or dashboard. A head injury from a car accident can be scary, because the severity of the injury may not be immediately apparent - all the more reason to get a proper diagnosis.
Any head trauma that causes damage to the scalp, skull, or brain is classified as a head injury: from a simple bump on the head to a much more serious brain injury. Symptoms of a serious head injury include:
- Loss of consciousness or drowsiness
- Change in the size of pupils or unequal pupil size
- Severe headache
- Memory loss
Two other terms: A "closed-head" injury does not penetrate the skull, while an "open" or "penetrating" head injury means that an object broke through the skull and entered the brain. (Radiologyinfo.org)
What causes a head injury?
A head injury is caused by a forceful impact to the head. In car accidents, head injuries often happen when a person’s head hits the windshield or dashboard, but even just the whiplash motion can cause a concussion.
How is a head injury diagnosed?
An accident injury specialist will first ask you questions about your accident and how your head was injured, often followed by a superficial exam. If head injury is a possibility, often an MRI will be performed to give the doctor a better indication of how severely you are injured, and to rule out more serious brain injuries such as contusion or hemorrhage.
How do you treat a head injury?
Head injury treatment varies widely depending on the severity of the injury. In instances of mild head injury, the body will usually heal itself, so no treatment is required beyond pain management and monitoring for other issues is necessary. In cases of more serious injury, brain surgery may be necessary.
What is the recovery time for a head injury?
Your recovery time depends on a number of factors, including your age, the severity of your injury, and your health. In most cases of mild head injury, you should be able to return to your level of normal activity in less than two weeks. However, keep close watch over any mildly injured person for the first 24 hours to ensure that more serious symptoms do not develop, as these are often delayed. Severe injuries can cause permanent damage and be a lifetime in recovery and rehabilitation.
If you or someone you love has been in an accident that resulted in injuries to the brain, it is important to seek medical care promptly to prevent long term damage and ongoing pain.
Submission of this form is an application for a FREE Medical Consultation for your injuries suffered in a car accident. You will be contacted by a representative to ensure you are qualified, and your appointment scheduled if you are qualified. The "FREE Medical Consultation" is an initial discussion with a medical provider about your accident injuries before an exam or treatment, which will be utilized to determine the appropriate diagnostics, and potentially treatment.