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What can happen if you suffer a head injury in a car crash?

On Behalf of | Oct 5, 2023 | Car Accidents

There are millions of car accidents every year, and thousands of people end up injured – sometimes seriously.

Traumatic brain injuries are often caused by a blow, strike or hit to the head during a car crash. Victims of traumatic brain injuries can suffer from long-term disability and fatalities. Many victims don’t realize how serious head wounds can be after an accident, however. Here are several symptoms of traumatic head injuries:

1. Memory loss

Memory loss can cause people to forget events. Memory loss could be limited to the events that led up to and shortly after an accident. Some people suffer from long-term memory loss that affects their ability to remember people, activities and routines. 

2. Concussion

A concussion happens when a strike to the head causes someone to feel dizzy or confused. Some concussions can cause people to black out.

3. Headaches 

A headache is a severe pain in the head, which may be caused by head injuries. A headache may only last for a short time, but a headache that won’t dissipate may be a sign of serious injuries. 

4. Hemorrhage 

The brain could bruise and swell after a head wound, which is called a hemorrhage. A brain bruise and swelling could result in bleeding and tissue damage. A hemorrhage could cause seizures and fatal health conditions.  

5. Skull fracture

If a blow or strike to the head is strong enough, a victim could suffer a skull fracture. A skull fracture could cause bone fragments to penetrate the brain and cause severe injuries.

6. Paralysis 

A brain injury could result in neurological issues that cause paralysis. Paralysis is the inability to feel or move certain limbs.


While many head wounds leave physical injuries, some people develop mental injuries like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can cause victims to feel anxious and develop depression.

Victims may have a better chance of getting compensation for their medical conditions when they learn about their legal rights. 


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