Car crashes can cause catastrophic injuries, especially in cases involving high speeds or passengers not wearing restraints. Some of the worst injuries that a person could suffer in a car crash involve damage to their brain.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can affect everything from someone’s sense of balance and motor function to their memory and personality. After a car crash, you may need to seek medical evaluation to check for a TBI if any of the following three circumstances apply to the crash you experienced.
You hit your head on something during the crash
If you have a lump on your forehead, experienced a moment of unconsciousness or struck your head on part of the vehicle during the crash, you could be at risk for a blunt force trauma TBI. The injury may not seem severe at first, but it could lead to bruising, bleeding or swelling inside your skull that could cause worsening symptoms as time passes.
Your vehicle spun, flips or shakes aggressively
These motions can cause trauma to the brain. The momentum of the movement in one direction will force the brain up against the inside of the skull, causing swelling and bruising. The effects of violent motion in a vehicle crash can cause catastrophic damage to the brain if left untreated.
You are hit with sharp objects
Penetrating injuries that cut into your head could potentially do damage to your brain or skull. If you endured a shower of broken glass or were cut up by flying pieces of metal, seeking medical care is wise for two reasons. The doctor can remove any remaining debris and help you fight infection. They can also check for signs of a brain injury caused by those penetrating wounds.
Anyone who suffers a brain injury may have massive medical expenses and possibly lost wages to deal with after a crash. You may need help navigating insurance claims or filing a lawsuit if you or a loved one suffers a TBI in a crash. An experienced attorney can provide valuable guidance.