Car accidents can lead to various serious injuries. Some injuries may be more visible than others. While it is easier to determine a broken leg or identify an open wound, other injuries are not so obvious.
Head injuries often fall into this hard-to-determine category. Concussions can be a significant injury which requires medical attention, yet we may not always know we have a concussion. This article will focus on helping you better understand the signs and symptoms of a concussion. If you think you are experiencing any of these symptoms following a car accident, you strongly consider seeking medical help.
WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?
A concussion is often an injury to the brain that happens when there has been an impact or jolt to the head area. Medically speaking, a concussion is a type of traumatic
brain injury or TBI. Whatever caused the impact or jolt likely caused your brain to shake back and forth, thus creating injury. As a result of the injury, the normal function of your brain is temporarily disrupted.
A concussion, while usually temporary in nature, can in some cases lead to more severe injuries and long-term health conditions. Again, if you believe you may have
suffered an injury to the brain, you should strongly consider seeking appropriate medical care.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION
If you have been in an auto accident or other collision, it might be easy for you to brush off some of the possible signs and symptoms of a concussion. However, it is
important that you are aware of what the signs are so you can better advocate for the
care you might need following an accident. Some signs and symptoms of a concussion may include the following:
- Feeling lightheaded
- Unexplained irritability
- Feeling anxious
- Feeling depressed
- Difficulty sleeping
- Unexplained changes in mood and/or personality
- Light sensitivity
- Not wanting to participate in activities you enjoyed prior to the accident
- Reduced Productivity at work or school
- Memory issues
A concussion is often not immediately diagnosed because symptoms may not appear immediately, or they may be confused with other injuries or illnesses.
If you experience any of these symptoms after an accident, it is important to seek medical attention right away. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential for helping to
prevent potential long-term health problems.
I HAVE A CONCUSSION FROM AN ACCIDENT: NOW WHAT?
If you think you might have a concussion, it’s important to see a doctor right away. Concussions can have serious long-term effects, and the sooner you’re
diagnosed, the better. If you do have a concussion, brain injuries can be overwhelming and it’s best to follow your doctor’s instructions for gradually returning to your normal activities.
If you have been diagnosed with a concussion because of an accident that was not your fault, you should consider talking to a law firm which focuses on injury cases
and understands brain injuries. After a head injury diagnosis, it is likely you will incur substantial medical bill expenses, even if you have medical insurance. You may also
have to take time off of work and as a result, you could lose income while the medical bills pile up.
If you or someone you know has been in a car accident, it is important to be aware of the possibility of concussion. Symptoms of concussion can appear
immediately after the accident or may not show up for days, weeks or even months later. If you experience any symptoms of a concussion, such as vertigo, nausea, or
dizziness, it is important to be evaluated by a doctor.
If your concussion or other injury was the result of an accident and the negligence of another, you could be entitled to receive compensation for lost income,
medical costs, and property damage. It is important to meet with a personal injury law firm, like Vititoe Law Group, to learn more your rights and potential remedies.