Any type of head injury is always cause for concern. Serious conditions, such as blood clots, skull fractures, and edema can require major surgery, and may result in death if not treated quickly.
Vehicle accidents are one of the primary causes of head injuries. These injuries can occur when a person’s head strikes the steering wheel, windshield, or any other hard object inside the vehicle. Head injuries sometimes aren’t immediately apparent, but they can be deadly.
Types of Head Injuries
There are a few different types of severe head injuries that are commonly caused by vehicle accidents. These include:
- Subdural hematoma. A subdural hematoma is a blood clot that occurs in the brain.
- Skull fracture. A fractured skull often means severe brain injury, since the skull is no longer able to absorb the impact from the crash.
- Cerebral edema. A cerebral edema is a buildup of fluid inside the skull. This creates pressure, causing the brain to press against the skull.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI can be temporary and mild, or severe and permanent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle accidents account for 14 percent of all TBI-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths.
Seek Immediate Medical Care
If you’ve sustained a head injury in a vehicle accident, don’t take any chances with your health. Get help right away. Symptoms to look for include:
- Neck stiffness
- Severe headache
Not only will obtaining prompt medical attention protect your health, it also better supports any personal injury claim you may pursue in the future. If you postpone seeking medical care until many days or weeks after the accident, the at-fault driver’s insurance company may claim that your head injuries actually occurred sometime after the vehicle accident. Seeing a doctor immediately after the accident, on the other hand, ties your injuries directly to the collision.
You Need an Attorney
If you’ve experienced head injuries due to a vehicle accident, you need professional representation by an experienced attorney to get the compensation you deserve. To learn more, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden, P.C., by using the form on this page.