Driving in California can be hazardous, and a car accident has the potential to disrupt your life in a variety of ways. A traumatic injury from an accident can affect your ability to work, decrease your quality of life and even shorten your lifespan.
One of the most serious injuries you can face in the aftermath of a car accident is a head injury. And a head injury can be particularly tricky to diagnose, as the effects sometimes don’t show up right after the impact.
Concussions and other head injuries
Most head injuries result in an injury to the brain, and are classified as TBIs (traumatic brain injuries). Frequently, the impact of the brain striking the skull causes either bruising or bleeding, either of which is dangerous in its own way.
It’s important to note that a concussion or other TBI can happen even if your head doesn’t make impact with anything. Whiplash, or the violent shaking of the head, can cause the brain to hit the skull and result in a TBI.
Symptoms of TBIs
Depending on the severity of a head injury, symptoms could include any of the following:
- A headache
- Exterior bleeding or bruising
- Confusion or dizziness
- Issues with balance
- Blurred vision and sensitivity to bright light
- Nausea or vomiting
- Memory problems
- Difficulty staying awake or passing out
The worse the head injury, the more likely symptoms are to be severe. But even with milder symptoms, it’s still possible to have suffered a TBI that can cause lasting damage and put your life at risk.
If you experience severe symptoms in the aftermath of a car accident, or if your symptoms persist for a week or more, it may be time to seek medical attention.