Car accidents can cause a variety of injuries, from minor cuts and bruises to serious and potentially life threatening injuries. Similarly, some of these injuries may be readily apparent, and some may not be noticed until much later. A common type of injury sustained in car accidents is a concussion, which is a mild form of traumatic brain injury, or TBI. A concussion is often caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that causes the brain to move around within the skull and interferes with normal brain function. According to information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents are the second highest cause of traumatic brain injuries (17.3 %), with only falls being a more common cause (35.2 %). Traumatic brain injuries caused by car crashes are the leading cause of TBI-related related fatalities (31.8 %). A person involved in a car accident should seek a full medical evaluation immediately after the accident to determine whether they have suffered an injury.
Concussions and car accidents
It is not difficult to see why concussions are common in car accidents; in any sudden acceleration or deceleration, the head may suddenly jolt forwards, backwards, or to either side and hit a dashboard, seat, window or another object in the car. Furthermore, a direct blow to the head is not necessary to sustain a concussion as whiplash alone may be enough to cause injury. After a car accident, it is important to determine whether you or another person in the vehicle may have suffered a concussion. Common symptoms of a concussion include the following:
- Difficulty concentration
- Feeling irritable or depressed
- Blurred vission
- Ringing in the ears
- Problems with balance
- Sleep disturbances
- Sensitivity to noise or light
- Mood swings
When to seek medical attention
People who sustain concussions should seek medical treatment. Generally, most concussions resolve by themselves with little to no treatment in a matter of days. In certain cases, however, serious complications may develop that could cause serious or long term disability. A physician will generally assess your level of injury, and may run tests such as a CT scan or neurocognitive tests to determine how well you are functioning cognitively. Your physician will recommend how best to recover from your concussion and will give detailed instructions what to do or not do.
Some concussions can result in post-concussion syndrome, a condition in which concussion symptoms can last for weeks or months after the initial injury. These symptoms may begin immediately after the injury, but in some cases may not manifest for days or weeks after the incident. Because concussions have the potential to result in long term symptoms, it is important for anyone who has sustained a concussion to consult with an experienced car accident attorney. A victim of a car accident may be entitled to monetary compensation for any medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, or loss of enjoyment of life they may have suffered, and may be eligible for other damages as well.
Involved in an accident and you are suffering concussions? Call today, 954-961-5100 in Broward or 1-877-961-5100 in Florida for a free consultation with an experienced attorney.