After a crash, you should never assume that you have the ability to identify and diagnose serious injuries. Some of the worst injuries people can suffer in a car crash aren’t obvious right away. You or one of your passengers could suffer a traumatic brain injury. If you don’t diagnose it quickly and get care, that injury could progress and have a much worse effect on your life.
How brain injuries work after a car crash
There are typically three specific ways that someone can suffer a brain injury during a car crash. They might strike their head on the vehicle or if they get thrown from the vehicle during the collision. They might suffer traumatic injuries if the vehicle’s motion is particularly violent during and immediately after the wreck. Finally, they could potentially suffer penetrating injuries caused by crash shrapnel.
While penetrating injuries may be obvious, a blunt force trauma injury or one that results from shaking, spinning or flipping won’t necessarily cause symptoms right at the crash. It could take hours or even days for the bleeding and bruising on the brain to reach a point where the brain injury presents noticeable symptoms.
It is always best to rule out a brain injury and other internal injuries after a crash
As much as you might want to move on with your day or avoid any more expensive and frustrating experiences after a crash, it is often a good idea to see a doctor. They can examine you for signs of brain injuries, internal bleeding and other less obvious injuries such as stable fractures of non-weight-bearing bones.
A prompt diagnosis can potentially prevent the worst outcomes. It will also make it easier for you to get insurance benefits or take legal action against the other driver.