Your Rockville car accident was a month ago, but your headaches simply won’t go away. You chalk it up to a side effect of numerous painkillers, giving no thought to the possibility of a serious head injury.
After all, you think, I didn’t hit my head and I can tell if my head is hurt, right? Wrong. In fact, those are two common myths you should know about head injuries:
MYTH #1: It’s easy to spot a head injury.
Sure, on TV it’s clear enough. The sound effects accompanying a head smashing another object or profuse fake blood oozing out of the person’s hair are dead giveaways that a head injury is present.
In real life, however, the symptoms are not nearly as easy for an average person to spot. Subtle signs pointing to a traumatic brain injury can easily be missed. See our article on “Signs That You May Have a Brain Injury.”
MYTH #2: Impact to the head must occur.
Sure, if you hit your head hard on something, you are likely to end up with at least minor injury, even if it’s only a small bump.
However, you don’t actually have to hit your head in order to have a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Similar to the way “shaken baby syndrome” occurs, your brain can be damaged simply from shaking around inside the head with no external force.
Serious Maryland truck accidents often result in multiple injuries, one of which may very well be a head injury. If there is any question in your mind that you might be at risk of a TBI, talk to a doctor immediately.
Then, follow up with an experienced Maryland truck accident attorney for tips on what else you should do to protect your right to fair compensation for those injuries. For a free consultation call Nickelsporn & Lundin at 800-875-9700.