After a collision, you may expect to have a few bumps and bruises. However, you may not realize that you could receive a severe head injury.
The Mayo Clinic says that you may sustain a traumatic brain injury if your head receives a blow in a crash. During a car accident, your head may slam into your headrest or the window. The force of this impact can cause harm to your brain. The severity of the damage usually depends on how strongly your head struck the other surface.
Who is at risk for a brain injury?
Any passenger in your car may incur a head wound. However, if you or one of your passengers is over the age of 60, you may want to keep a close eye out for symptoms. Additionally, you should monitor young children if they hit their heads in the crash. Senior citizens and children younger than 4 have a higher risk of sustaining a brain injury.
What are the signs that someone has a head wound?
In the immediate aftermath of the collision, you may not experience symptoms of a traumatic brain injury. It may sometimes take a few days or even a few weeks for you to feel the effect of the wound, and you may think that if you were not unconscious, you do not have an injury. However, not all head wounds cause you to lose consciousness. If you hit your head during the crash, you may want to monitor yourself for some of the following symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Mood changes
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Problems concentrating
As soon as you realize that you have symptoms of a brain injury, you should see your physician. A doctor can perform tests to determine the full extent of the wound.
Most people recover from brain injuries with time and the proper treatment.