The severe risk of delayed head injury symptoms

Those who are involved in serious car accidents may suffer head injuries or traumatic brain injuries. In some cases, the symptoms are obvious right away – a person may lose consciousness, appear confused or not have any memory of the event. But there are also other cases in which the symptoms are delayed, and this can be problematic because an individual may not get the care that they need.

In fact, there are some situations in which these delayed symptoms could prove to be fatal if they are left untreated. This is just one reason why it is best to speak with medical professionals after an accident, regardless of how you feel. Even if you think you’re alright, adrenaline may be masking the pain or the symptoms may have yet to become clear.

A subdural hematoma

Just one example of this is a subdural hematoma. There’s a membrane between your skull and your brain which is known as dura matter. When a blood vessel breaks below that level, it’s called a subdural hematoma. One of these vessels could be broken or ruptured during the car crash.

The problem is that the blood can fill this space between the brain and the skull, putting pressure on the brain. This can lead to symptoms like confusion, vomiting, drowsiness, headache, slurred speech and even trouble with vision.

As the symptoms progress, they could even turn fatal. Remember that neural cells cannot regenerate, which makes this type of damage potentially irreversible.

Seeking compensation

If you do have major complications like this, the medical treatment you need is going to be very expensive. Be sure you know how to seek compensationfrom the driver who caused the crash.

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