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Warning signs of a subdural hematoma after a car crash

On Behalf of | Mar 7, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

If you suffer a head injury in a car accident, do not assume that it is minor. Always talk to medical professionals. Get a doctor to consider your condition and tell you what next steps you’ll need to take.

The problem is that there are some brain injuries that get worse with time. You may think that you have a minor injury and that you’re just experiencing a headache or even a minor concussion. But the reality could be that you have something like a subdural hematoma, which is bleeding in the tissues surrounding your brain. If so, this condition can get much worse when left untreated.

Signs to watch for

To help you know if it’s time to get emergency medical intervention, here are some potential signs of a subdural hematoma:

  • Disorientation and confusion 
  • Issues with memory, such as memory loss 
  • Weakness that only affects one part of your body 
  • Vision issues, such as sensitivity to light 
  • Slurred speech and dizziness 
  • Trouble walking or balancing 
  • The onset of sickness or related symptoms, like vomiting.

One of the main things to consider is if your symptoms do not get better with time, as they should in the case of a minor injury. For instance, it’s very normal to have a headache after suffering a head injury in a car accident. If that headache goes away over the next few hours, you may be progressing through your symptoms. But if the headache keeps getting worse, that may indicate that it’s being caused by the bleeding around your brain – and that it is a far more serious issue than you realized.

The type of medical treatment needed for serious car accident injuries is often quite expensive. Those who have been injured due to mistakes made by other drivers need to know how to seek compensation.