Head injuries affect many people who have been involved in traffic collisions. There are a few reasons that they're common in those situations including the risk of hitting your head on the steering wheel, dashboard, windows and other objects in the vehicle.
There is also a risk of injury even if your head doesn't impact anything due to the force of the impact forcing your body forward and the belt holding you back. This results in your head and neck whipping forward and back, which can lead to whiplash and concussions from the brain impacting the inside of the skull.
It goes without saying that any head injury has a potential to impact your ability to work, participate in activities and enjoy your life. Even a minor concussion requires time off work or school while you recover. More serious brain injuries could require hospitalization, surgery and long recovery periods. Many people end up requiring therapies, so they can relearn certain actions or abilities, like speaking, walking or holding objects.
What should you expect if you suffer a brain injury?
If you suffer a brain injury, the reality is that you need medical care. Even if the exam doesn't end up showing that you'll have long-term issues, you still need to receive a diagnosis. After a crash, you should head to the hospital to get the medical care you need, even if you're not sure if you've suffered any injuries. Allow a medical provider to give you an exam and determine if you are free of injuries or if you have injuries that have not yet come forward.
If you have suffered a brain injury, you should expect some downtime. Even if it's minor, you won't be able to work on a computer or do certain activities for a short time as you recover. If you do, you could slow your recovery or suffer from symptoms of the brain injury. For more serious injuries, you may need to be observed in the hospital or to return to your medical provider regularly for follow-up visits.
No two brain injuries are the same, so it's impossible to predict how yours will affect you. The best thing to do is to seek help from a medical provider, so that you have a better idea about the possibility of recovery from your particular injury. With the right help, it's possible to have some recovery even from the most serious injuries.