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How can pressure build inside your head after a car crash?

On Behalf of | Mar 20, 2023 | Car Accidents

One of the most dangerous things that can happen in a car crash is a blow to the head. It could kill you outright or cause long-term paralysis or other troubling injuries.

One particularly concerning type of damage is known as a subdural hematoma. This happens when the surface of the brain tissue is damaged, causing it to bleed. The blood slowly fills the cavity between the brain and the skull . The area of least resistance is the spongy brain tissue, so the blood pushes this inward (as it cannot push the skull outwards), causing brain damage if not caught early.

Some people are at greater risk

Some medication you might be taking could put you at a greater risk of a subdural hematoma.

If your doctor prescribed you blood thinners to reduce the risk of clotting, they could work against you after a blow to the head when you need your blood to clot. They could allow more blood to leak from the brain, causing a pressure build-up sooner. The same could occur if your blood is naturally slow to clot due to hemophilia.

This is just one of the reasons why getting urgent medical attention is so crucial after a car crash, especially one where you bang your head. If the doctors diagnose you in time they could save your life. Once they do, you should consider legal help to claim compensation for this and any other injuries someone caused you.