With everything we have heard in the news in the last few years about concussions, it is important to recognize they are a common injury in Los Angeles auto accidents. While concussions may seem like nothing more than a minor inconvenience, in some instances, they can lead to long term and devastating side effects, such as permanent brain injury (or TBI). A recent study involving driving simulators and people who suffered from concussions indicates that even after taking time to recover from their concussions, these accident victims still had slower response times behind the wheel.
How Do Concussions Happen in a Car Accident?
In basic terms, a concussion is trauma to the brain. In a car accident, a concussion might happen because you hit your head against a window or steering wheel, or something hits you in the head. However, you do not need a “hit” to suffer from a concussion — a concussion can also occur from the impact of the car accident. As your head whips forward, backward, or even side to side, your brain can move inside of your skull, causing injury.
Sometimes the effects of a concussion do not show up right away and as a result, it is important to understand the symptoms of a concussion. To start, you don’t have to lose consciousness. In fact, most people don’t.
Symptoms of a concussion can include headaches, nausea, dizziness, confusion, or blurred vision.
For many reasons, it is important to seek medical assistance as soon as possible if you’re involved in a car accident. Getting medical treatment is the best way to be diagnosed and observed if you think you may have a concussion.
Were You Diagnosed with a Concussion After a Car Accident?
If you were diagnosed with a concussion after a car accident, you should contact a skilled auto accident attorney in Los Angeles who can evaluate your case. Depending on the facts surrounding the accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries.
Be forewarned that the insurance companies, even your own!, may move fast to settle the case. Don’t sign anything until you talk to a lawyer. Your case could be worth more than what the insurance company offers you. Often, settlement agreements with insurance companies take away your right to sue. You could also lose your ability to get financial compensation in the future if your concussion causes permanent problems.
For a free, no obligation consultation, contact the experienced accident attorneys at Ghozland Law Firm today.