You can suffer many different types of head injuries in a car accident. In some cases, it could be a simple concussion that heals in a couple of weeks. In other cases, it could be a skull fracture. You need to be aware of potential complications and medical treatment options.
For instance, one of the most severe types of injuries that you can suffer is known as a subdural hematoma. When this happens, there is bleeding within your skull, between the brain and the interior of the bone. This can cause fatal complications, in some cases, and could lead to severe brain damage and even cell death long after the accident. The bleeding puts pressure on the brain, causing these injuries, even if they were not apparent right after the crash.
So how do you know if this is happening to you? How do you know when it’s time to get more medical treatment? It’s important to understand the signs you may experience.
How your symptoms may get worse
The biggest thing to think about is whether or not your symptoms are getting worse. After you are injured in a car accident, symptoms tend to get notably better over time. If they are getting worse and your issues are becoming more complicated, something else is wrong. For instance, a subdural hematoma could lead to:
- Problems with your vision, such as being unable to focus or having blurred vision. You could also have sensitivity to light.
- Ongoing headaches. These may get worse or may simply stay at the same level without going away, even when you take headache medicine.
- Slurred speech and trouble communicating with those around you. It may even be hard for you to understand the confusion yourself, but you can see that others are not sure what you’re trying to say.
- Nausea and vomiting. You may mistake this for some sort of stomach ailment, but it’s really tied back to the subdural hematoma.
- Drowsiness and fatigue, which may last even when you get plenty of sleep. These can make it difficult to even do your job or go about your daily tasks.
If you do experience these symptoms and you go in for medical treatment, finding that you have a subdural hematoma can massively increase the costs of that car accident. When someone else was at fault in the accident, then it’s important to know how you can seek financial compensation for these costs and the changes in your life.