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When is emergency care required for a head injury?

On Behalf of | Jun 1, 2021 | Personal Injury |

No matter how safe and secure you are as a motorist, you still run the risk of getting into an accident if you cross paths with a careless driver. Among the many other accidents that can result, many motorists involved in serious accidents wind up with head injuries.

According to MedlinePlus, head injuries can involve concussions, fractures, and penetrating wounds. When injuries are severe, immediate medical attention is crucial to prevent worsening effects and complications. Here are a few signs that warrant emergency medical care.

Sudden drowsiness

A serious blow to the head can alter consciousness. The person may feel extremely drowsy or fatigued suddenly. They may also completely lose consciousness after the injury occurs.

Difference in pupil size

Injuries to the brain can affect how the eyes focus. Pupils will appear different sizes, even when an equal amount of light is shining into the eyes.

Abnormal behavior

Depending on the location and severity of the injury, a person may react aggressively or angrily. They may appear confused or disoriented. They may also behave in a way that is well outside their normal personality.


Severe head injuries can cause intense nausea and even vomiting.

Inability to move limbs

Damage to the brain can disrupt communication to the limbs. There is also a risk of spinal damage accompanying the head injury. In both instances, a person may lose sensation in their limbs or be unable to move them as normal.

When the above effects are present, first aid is crucial. First, call or have someone else contact emergency services. Make sure the accident victim is breathing and control any bleeding the best you can. It is best not to move a person with a head injury in the event of accompanying spinal damage. However, if they are vomiting, gently place them on their side to prevent asphyxiation.