If you’re involved in a car crash, one of the things that could potentially happen is that you could suffer from impalement. If an object penetrates your skull, you may suffer a brain injury with long-lasting complications and implications for your future.
Also known as penetrating brain injuries, these are medical emergencies that require immediate treatment. Without treatment, removing the offending object is likely to cause serious injuries or to result in a fatal bleed.
Can you survive a penetrating brain injury?
Amazingly, it is possible to survive a penetrating brain injury. Anyone suffering from this kind of injury will have a better chance of survival if the object missed the superior sagittal sinus, which is the large venous channel that drains blood from the brain and brings it to the brain. By avoiding this channel, it’s more likely that the individual will escape without a major bleed.
It takes immediate, high-level care to handle this kind of injury without inflicting further damage, so get medical help right away for this kind of injury.
What are the potential long-term effects of a penetrating brain injury?
There are many potential effects of a penetrating brain injury such as changes in behavior, memory loss, difficulty with speech and many others. The types of symptoms a person would have would depend on the area of the brain that was penetrated and the amount of damage that was caused.
If you or someone you love is involved in a crash and suffers an injury like this, you will likely need long-term medical care as well as costly surgeries and recovery support. An experienced advocate can help you get the compensation you need.