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People often overlook this serious injury right after a crash

On Behalf of | Jul 3, 2024 | Catastrophic Injuries/Wrongful Death

People tend to check themselves and their passengers for injuries right after a crash. They move their limbs to see if they have broken bones and evaluate their physical state. People can generally detect warning signs of certain traumatic injuries quickly after a car crash. A bone with a severe fracture, for example, is unlikely to support weight and may feel painful with any movement.

Other injuries aren’t always obvious at first. Someone with one of the worst injuries possible after a car crash might not have any immediate symptoms. They could leave the scene of the crash unaware of their condition despite having a life-altering injury.

Brain injuries are easy for people to overlook at first

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can range from a mild concussion with no permanent damage to a severe injury that leaves someone dependent on life support. There are many injuries that fall somewhere on that spectrum, and car crashes are a top cause of TBIs.

It is relatively common for people to overlook the early symptoms of a TBI. The body’s stress response can make it hard for people to identify their symptoms initially. The body’s chemical response to a car crash could cover up their pain and other warning signs of an injury.

Additionally, many brain injuries start relatively small and then worsen as they progress. A TBI that involves bleeding inside the skull or bruising on the brain can cause more serious symptoms as the pressure on the brain increases.

Oftentimes, the symptoms caused by a brain injury are permanent. There is no way to reverse the damage after the injury progresses. It is in the best interests of anyone at risk of a brain injury to get a diagnosis as quickly as possible. Doctors can’t fully heal traumatic damage to the brain, but interventions could prevent symptoms from worsening. People can also receive rehabilitative support to help them adjust.

Seeing a doctor to rule out the possibility of a traumatic brain injury after a major collision can help someone obtain the best outcome possible. Those who recognize that there are injuries they could overlook after a crash may remember to protect themselves by seeing a doctor as soon as possible.