When you have been in a Kentucky car accident, it’s always great when you can walk away injury free. That is not always the case. Unfortunately, this does not always happen when you are driving a car that weighs thousands of pounds. Regardless of whether you are the driver or are a passenger, any accident can cause trauma that can have a debilitating effect on your body.
Head injuries from car accidents
Depending on when the accident happened, believe it or not, can directly affect the injuries. An injury that I see routinely in a car accident is a closed head injury. This injury could be a concussion or a traumatic brain injury. These injuries are often difficult to detect because they don’t always show physical damage, like bruising. In car accidents, a head injury can also come from a whiplash motion. This can take days or weeks to show signs of a problem.
According to the Center for Disease Control, auto accidents are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. Anytime you are in a car accident, you should be checked by a medical professional, whether you believe you are injured or not. You may be hurt and not even realize it. As we all know, the longer you wait to have an injury checked out, the worse or longer it can take to heal.
Symptoms of head or brain injury
While head or brain injuries can be hard to see, there are still some symptoms. If you notice any of these after an accident, you need to see a doctor right away. Here are some symptoms to lookout for:
- Memory or concentration problems
- Loss of balance
- Sensitivity to light
- Mood swings
These are the most common symptoms. There are more symptoms. This is why it is important to have yourself checked out by a doctor if you have been in a car accident. Traumatic brain injuries are life changing. Early detection is important for recovery. This also helps your injury be properly documented, which helps your case.