After getting into a crash, a victim may suffer from a brain injury. It is important to understand potential red flags and manifestations of head injuries in the aftermath of a crash.
Not only that, but it is important to get accurate medical treatment as quickly as possible.
Ties between head injury and brain trauma
Mayo Clinic discusses brain injuries after a car crash. Brain trauma will often follow on the heels of head trauma due to the fact that the brain will often hit the inside of the skull, or in some cases, end up pierced by an object that enters the skull.
It is more common for blunt force trauma to cause the brain to hit the interior of the skull, though. This often results in common damages like bruising and swelling.
Of course, bruising and swelling within the brain can cause serious issues, especially if the swelling gets bad enough to cut off the supply of oxygen to parts of the brain. This can cause brain damage and requires immediate medical intervention.
Signs of brain injury
Thus, it is necessary for anyone showing signs of brain trauma to head to a hospital right away. But what are these signs?
Physical signs often include things like head pain, changes in vision, loss of consciousness, vomiting or nausea, ringing in the ears and loss of motor control.
Behaviorally and mentally, victims may seem confused or disoriented, or could act particularly aggressively or belligerently. Trouble with memory may also occur, along with increased resistance to medical care, which anyone nearby should ignore.