If Your Head Hurts After a Vancouver Bicycle Accident, You May Need Urgent Medical Help
What caused your Vancouver bicycle accident and head injury? Were you hit by or avoiding a negligent driver? Did you slip on an oily patch on the pavement? Did you have a defective wheel?
In one sense, the answer is important. In another sense, it doesn’t matter.
What’s past is past.
It may be that now you face a scary prognosis and a challenging rehabilitation.
If you have a head injury, you should know that they are fiercely complicated. Even the experts don’t really understand the complex biochemical stuff that goes on inside the heads and brains of injured people.
Bad signs include headache, vomiting, passing out, redding out, or any of the other “outs.” Even if you only received a few cuts and bruises in addition to the bump on your head, you may need urgent medical care.
Your headache and other symptoms can be a prelude to more serious complications, such as swelling in the brain, hemorrhaging, stroke, infection, and even the shifting of brain structures.
A normal CT scan does not mean you're out of the clear, either.
New research suggests that CT scans may fail to detect microscopic lesions in the brain that could indicate a more serious prognosis.
If you suffer persistent headaches following a seemingly clear CT scan, you could be at risk for Second Impact Syndrome damage. When your brain is in a fragile healing state, further injury can provoke swelling of the brain into the cranium, bleeding, and worse.
We at McComb Witten advise Vancouver bicycle accident victims to take care of their medical needs, and then to get in touch with us ASAP.
Do your due diligence as a patient and don’t ignore potentially serious symptoms.