Any type of blow to the head is terrifying. It doesn’t matter whether it comes from the impact of a car accident, a tumble on a broken sidewalk, or any other type of accident. These types of injuries are particularly dangerous because the symptoms may not be readily apparent. Left untreated, these injuries could even result in death. That’s why it’s important to recognize the signs of a severe concussion and to seek medical treatment right away.

Physical symptoms

A severe concussion will often be accompanied by serious physical symptoms, including:

  • Slipping in and out of consciousness
  • Problems sleeping
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Numbness or tingling in the fingers and toes
  • Severe headaches

Physical symptoms are the easiest symptoms to spot. If you experience any of the above following an accident, see a doctor immediately. Swelling of the brain often results in these types of symptoms. Left unchecked, brain damage may be the result.

Behavioral and emotional issues

Behavioral and emotional changes may be more difficult to notice or to attribute to an injury. It can be easy to shrug things off as general moodiness. However, if following an accident, you catch yourself becoming more agitated than usual or feeling depressed, this could be a sign that you’ve suffered a severe concussion. Memory loss and feelings of confusion are also common. You may not even notice these signs. However, if a loved one or a coworker notices a change in you, you should take heed and get treatment.

The dangerous nature of concussions and traumatic brain injuries underscores the importance of getting medical attention as soon as possible following an accident, even if you feel fine at the moment and are displaying no immediate signs of a serious injury. Doing so may mean the difference between life and death.