Head injuries are a common consequence of motorcycle accidents. WebMD defines head injuries as any damage to the skull, scalp or brain. These injuries can cause mental impairment and permanent disability.
Could you be suffering from a head injury?
Types of head injuries
There are a variety of head injury types and each can range in severity. The most common injury is a concussion. This is a TBI where your brain bounces against your skull. Concussions can range from mild to severe. Skull fractures often cause complications if the pieces of bone cut into the brain. Other injuries include contusions and intracranial hematomas. Bruises on the brain are contusions, while an intracranial hematoma refers to bleeding under the skull. The blood under the skull forms a clot and these can also range in severity.
Symptoms of head injuries
Some head injuries present with symptoms right away. A concussion for instance may result in immediate temporary unconsciousness or it may take days for the symptoms to appear. If you suffered a TBI because of a head injury, you may feel:
You may also have difficulty with your memory, you may have double or fuzzy vision. If you suffer from an injury more severe than a concussion, you may have clear fluid draining from your ears, nose or mouth. Other symptoms include:
- Distorted features
- Changed pupil size
- Low breathing rate
- Severe headache
Skull or face fractures can lead to a traumatic brain injury. With a skull fracture, you may also see facial bruising, swelling, light-headedness and more.