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Common misconceptions about head injuries

Head injuries are common in accidents. Car crashes for example, can happen any time, and your head is vulnerable to impact. These injures can also be particularly dangerous.

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) could affect you for the rest of your life. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation and misconceptions about head injuries. It's important to understand the facts.

If you have a head injury, you may not know right away

Thinking symptoms will be obvious may be one of the most dangerous stereotypes about head injuries. Symptoms from a TBI may not be apparent right after an accident. One of the best things you can do after an accident is monitor your symptoms and be aware of any pain or discomfort. Sings of a brain injury may include:

  • Headache
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Memory loss
  • Change in mood or personality

These are just a few of the possible symptoms. If you experience anything unusual after an accident, you should see a doctor.

There is more than one kind of head injury

A head injury is not just a concussion. While concussions are common head injuries and can be life-changing, there are other types of serious head injuries. These include:

  • Contusion
  • Coup-contrecoup
  • Diffuse Axonal
  • Penetration

Some head injuries aren't a big deal

Any injury to your head should be taken seriously. You should never treat a head injury like it's a small problem because even seemingly minor injuries could lead to months, years or a lifetime of treatment and medical bills.

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