Concussions are caused by a strike to the head or when the head jolts rapidly back and forward. In both scenarios, the brain is injured by bouncing or moving back in forward in the skull. During a car accident, a strong or blunt force to the head can cause a concussion. For example, concussions are often caused by hitting your head on a steering wheel, windshield, window, dashboard, or door. Additionally, a fall involving trauma to the head can result in a concussion. Concussions change your mental state, cause confusion, and may result in unconsciousness.
Symptoms of a concussion depend on the severity of injury. It is important to understand that symptoms may not be experienced immediately. Concussion victims often appear fine, but show symptoms later. General symptoms include headaches, memory loss, vomiting, nausea, drowsiness, blurred vision, confusion, ringing in the ears, loss of consciousness, slurred speech, and sensitivity to light. Regardless of your symptoms, you should immediately seek medical attention if you experience a head injury from your accident or fall. Failure to do so may cause repeat concussions with serious and potentially fatal consequences.
Treatment of a concussion depends on the severity of injury. Your physician will conduct a physical and neurological examination, and may recommend an MRI or CT scan to rule out severe injuries and bleeding. If you are diagnosed with brain bleeding, brain swelling, or a serious brain injury, surgery may be recommended. However, most concussions will not require surgery. Instead, your doctor will recommend physical and mental rest in the days after your accident or fall.
Treatment will also involve avoiding sports, recreational activities, and any other physical activity. After a period of rest, your doctor may recommend that you gradually increase physical activity without worsening symptoms. Physical therapy and other rehabilitation may be necessary to restore balance, vision, and cognition. Your doctor may also recommend that you miss work for a period of time. In order to avoid worsening symptoms or suffering a second concussion, it is imperative that you follow your treatment plan. Fortunately, most people recover from concussions. However, symptoms may persist for weeks.
Concussions clearly alter your quality of life, causing you to avoid certain activities, miss work, and lose income. However, if your concussion was caused by another person or business’ negligence, you are entitled to recover compensation for your past and future medical treatment, lost wages, and the pain and suffering relating to your concussion. In order to recover this compensation, its is important that you retain an experienced concussion attorney.
Slatter Law Firm are lawyers, not physicians. All content is based on our experience and not on medical education. If you are experiencing any physical injury, please consult with a doctor.