Concussions Following an Auto Accident
With more and more information coming out about the seriousness of head injuries, including concussions, it is important that auto accident victims know the signs of concussions and what to do in case you or a loved one suffer one.
What Is a Concussion?
A concussion occurs from a blow to the head or after a whiplash-type injury that causes your head and brain to shake quickly back and forth . A common myth about concussions is the belief that the person has to lose consciousness in order to suffer from one -- which is not the case.
Common signs of a concussion include:
- memory problems
- drowsiness or fatigue
- double or blurred vision
- nausea or vomiting
- light or noise sensitivity
- balance problems
- slowed reaction time
This list is not exhaustive. If you believe you have suffered a concussion or other type of traumatic brain injury after being involved in an accident, seek immediate medical attention.
Steps to Take After a Concussion
While many auto accident injuries are visible to the naked eye — deep cuts, broken bones, and bruises -- invisible injuries, such as concussions, are no less dangerous. Often times, concussions and other types of brain injuries go unnoticed or ignored after an auto accident. The person tries to "shake it off" and go about their normal lives, only to find out that they can't -- the side effects of a concussion are getting in their way. If you suffered a blow to the head, seek medical treatment immediately and contact a personal injury attorney to discuss whether you should consider filing a legal claim against the driver who caused the accident.
The Importance of Rest Following a Concussion
This goes for almost any type of injury caused by auto accidents and a concussion is no different -- getting the rest your body needs to fully heal is critical. This may mean taking time off of work -- money that generally is recoverable in a personal injury claim. While the side effects of some concussions may clear up within seven to 10 days, many accident victims need more time to fully recover. It’s important not rush your recovery. If you are involved in strenuous activities, slow down as soon as you begin to feel dizzy or unwell.
Along with rest, it is important that you watch for signs of emotional trauma. Sadness, anxiety, irritability, and confusion are all common side effects of concussions and brain injuries. If you have been injured in an auto accident that was not your fault, California law is on your side.
For a free, no obligation consultation about your potential auto accident case, contact the accident attorneys at Ghozland Law Firm today.