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Why you should seek medical attention after a head injury

On Behalf of | May 15, 2023 | Car Accidents

Any time that you suffer a head injury, it’s very important to get medical attention. Many people will simply try to get some rest and see if they can heal on their own. They may want to skip an expensive trip to the hospital. But it is best to talk to medical professionals.

In fact, getting rest on your own can be one of the most dangerous things you can do. Going to sleep with a head injury can sometimes mask the symptoms. As they grow worse, you don’t know because no one can observe those symptoms. Sleeping itself isn’t necessarily dangerous, but it can be a risky thing to do if someone already knows that they have a head injury.

The progression of injuries

One of the most important reasons to talk to medical professionals is simply that these injuries can progress quickly and become much worse than they were initially.

For example, maybe you have suffered from a subdural hematoma. This causes bleeding between the tissues around your brain. It can put pressure on the brain cells, which can lead to severe complications and even death. 

But this pressure builds up gradually, so many people do not even realize they’ve been injured in the earliest stages. A simple medical scan may be able to tell you exactly what’s going on, but people who skip this step may not realize how severe the injury is until the symptoms become more pronounced. This delay in treatment can have serious ramifications. 

Covering those expenses

As noted above, a trip to the hospital can certainly be very expensive. If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to seek financial compensation.