Concussions and Car Accidents
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Concussions are one of the many common injuries sustained in car accidents. They are typically caused by the impact of rear-end accidents or head-on collisions. Whiplash is a common factor leading to a concussion. The sharp back-and-forth movement of the victim's head can cause the brain to shake violently, resulting in a head injury. Concussions can also be caused by blunt trauma to the head, most commonly by hitting the steering wheel, headrest, window or windshield at a high impact.
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Recognize the symptoms of a concussion
Following an accident, seeking medical attention should be one of the first steps in securing your claim and health. Car accident concussions can manifest in many ways and the symptoms may not always be immediately present. Sometimes it can take hours or days to feel the impact of a concussion. Failure to seek medical attention increases the likelihood of experiencing serious complications over time.
The common symptoms of a concussion from a car accident usually include:
- Headaches: Following an auto accident, a concussion-related headache may not appear immediately. But in many cases, these headaches can worsen over time.
- Confusion: Concussions can sometimes result in confusion or inability to concentrate.
- Memory Loss: Memory loss is a common symptom of a concussion, especially if the head injury goes untreated. Crash victims may not remember what happened in a car accident, or even events from before or after the collision.
- Dizziness: Vertigo, light-headedness and fainting are common symptoms related to concussions.
- Nausea and vomiting: An upset stomach or need to vomit may come directly after a concussion. Sometimes these symptoms can appear hours or days later.
- Speech complications: A concussion can cause delays in speech, stuttering and slurred speech.
- Seizures: A fit of epilepsy can occur following a concussion. Seizures are common with severe or repeated head injuries.
- Loss of consciousness: Severe concussions can result in an accident victim being knocked unconscious. Note, however, that it is possible to sustain a serious brain injury without ever losing consciousness.
- Other symptoms: Crash victims suffering a concussion have also reported complications with vision, irritability, restlessness, fatigue, ringing in the ears and sensitivity to light.