The brain runs the body. As such, its health and wellbeing remain front and center after a car crash. A traumatic brain injury does not need to begin with blood to prove dangerous.
Understanding some of the more subtle signs of damage may help get a proper diagnosis before serious deficiencies emerge. Leaving a brain injury unattended may increase the possibility of permanent damage.
Any kind of damage to the brain, whether it occurs as part of a traumatic hit or due to swelling and bleeding, may have far-reaching effects on memory. Depending on the location of the injury, a person may start to notice hiccups in event recall. This may apply to long-term memories or more immediate ones. Alzheimer’s may onset more frequently in people who have suffered a brain injury.
The emotional hub of the brain may become damaged after an accident. It may manifest in a loss of control over reactions to common incidents. Some of the earliest indicators that this part of the brain has damage may manifest as depression, anger or rapid cycling between them. Outbursts may also become common in someone with an injury to this part of the brain.
Speech difficulty after an accident may come to occur in stages. First, a person may find it challenging to say common words. Even then, the words may come out scrambled or incorrectly. Slurring words is the most obvious sign that something is wrong with the brain.
After a car accident, seek medical attention even if no immediate injury presents itself. Allowing the brain to suffer may result in long-term issues.