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Yes, you can suffer a brain injury without a direct impact

Brain injuries are among the most serious of crash injuries. When you’re involved in a crash, you may injure yourself by hitting your head or if your brain moves suddenly inside your skull.

What many people don’t realize is that you can suffer a brain injury without ever hitting your head. A concussion is possible if your brain suddenly shifts or spins inside the skull. Sudden, abrupt stops, like those that happen in head-on crashes, can cause the brain to hit the skull inside, leading to bleeding, bruising and other damage.

What are the signs of a brain injury when you haven’t hit your head?

If you have suffered a brain injury without an impact, it may be hard to know it. However, you can look for symptoms such as:

  • Nausea
  • Feeling like you’re in a fog
  • Vomiting
  • Losing consciousness
  • Dizziness
  • Blurry vision
  • Disorientation

If you suspect that you’ve suffered a concussion for any reason, make sure that you go to the emergency room. If you’ve been in a car crash, it’s always a good idea to seek medical care regardless of your concerns because there is a risk that you may have injuries that haven’t fully developed yet.

Once you’re at the hospital, let the medical team know that you were involved in a crash. They will take a physical examination, and if it is warranted, they will order additional tests, like X-rays or other scans, to take a look at your brain and other internal organs.

Don’t delay seeking medical care. You can always file a claim against the at-fault driver to recover those expenses later on.