I've heard that as long as you are not bleeding after a car accident, you probably did not hurt your head that bad and don't have to bother going to the hospital. Is this true?

Answer: No, it is not true that head injuries are only present if you can visibly see blood. In fact, it couldn't be further from the truth.

There are many serious, potentially life-threatening head injuries that California car accident victims suffer each and every year without having even shed a drop of blood in the car.

For example, concussions, or the swelling of the brain, are one of the most common head injuries to occur, and they can cause loss of consciousness and permanent damage.

Hematomas are also injuries that do not cause the head to bleed on the outside. Instead, bleeding occurs under the skull, and can be quite dangerous. There are three different types of hematomas, depending on what level of the brain tissue the bleeding occurs on.

Brain bruises, or contusions, can also happen, even if the accident victim does not strike their head too hard.

If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury in a car accident in Southern California, you need information. Contact the experienced Southern California car accident injury lawyers at 800.989.6385 or by filling out our online form.

Peter Steinberg
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982