One of the disconcerting aspects of a minor car crash —like a rear-end accident or a parking lot backup accident—is that the injuries sustained in such crashes are not always taken seriously.
It is important to understand that the injuries sustained in even a minor car crash can be serious. Many times, the full extent of your injuries will not show up for days. By the time they do show up, it can be quite serious.
For example, if you are rear-ended and the impact causes you to hit your head on the steering wheel or windshield, you may not lose consciousness. So you might not bother going to the emergency room or to your doctor right away to get it checked out.
Unfortunately, not immediately seeking medical attention —even for a seemingly minor head injury —is a bad idea.
Because potentially fatal complications could develop.
Yes, even if the brain trauma is mild.
Because even a minor blow to your head can cause severe medical issues, it is important to be on the lookout for symptoms that could indicate that you have a brain bleed.
Brain bleeds, (or intracranial hematomas), often happen after a person hits his or her head. This can be, as noted above, due to a car crash, or a fall, a sports impact, or even hitting your head on a door.
Regardless of how the accident occurs, the force of a blow to the head can be serious. Hitting your head can cause brain bruising or bleeding (intracranial hematomas). Any type of blow to your head can rupture the brain’s delicate blood vessels. This in turn, causes blood to fill the intracranial space. Without anywhere else to go, the blood compresses the brain, killing brain cells by cutting off the blood-oxygen supply.
Although you may think the injury is minor, if you have an intracranial hematoma, it can be life-threatening. Brain bleeds often require immediate treatment, possibly including surgery to remove the blood from the brain.
Learn to Recognize Brain Bleed Symptoms
Again, because this condition is so serious, it is important to recognize the symptoms of a brain bleed. These include (are not limited to):
- Severe headaches
- Progressive loss of consciousness
- Unequal pupil size
- Slurred speech
It is imperative that you see your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
Even minor car crashes can result in serious personal injury. Always take any blow to the head seriously — no matter how minor it may seem — and immediately seek medical attention.
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