Being involved a car accident can be a harrowing experience. Depending upon the seriousness of the accident, for some individuals, a state of shock may overshadow awareness of any physical injuries or symptoms. It is not uncommon to suffer a concussion in a car accident, due to the sheer force of the car’s impact and the resulting physical impact on your head. Understanding the signs and symptoms of a concussion and knowing the steps to take afterwards are important for anyone involved in an accident.
What is a concussion?
Our brains are made of soft tissue. That tissue is surrounded by spinal fluid, which acts as a protective cushion around the brain. Our skulls surround that fluid and tissue, serving as a hard, outer layer of protection for the brain. If the head suffers direct impact, such as a sudden blow, it can affect the brain. Concussions are considered traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and may cause bruising, damage to the nerves, and injury to the blood vessels.
Signs of a concussion
Unlike other physical injuries that may appear immediately after an accident, signs of a concussion may not surface for days or weeks. Some of the more common symptoms that may be experienced after sustaining a concussion include the following:
- Feeling confused
- Slurred speech
- Balance problems
- Feeling nauseous
- Blurred vision
- Physical clumsiness
- Light sensitivity
- Sensitivity to sounds
- Ringing in the ears
- Change in behavior
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory loss
While concussions are relatively common, it is important to recognize the signs of a concussion and take the appropriate steps for the best possible outcome.
Steps to take after a concussion
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury such as a blow to the head as a result of a car accident, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Concussions vary in their level of seriousness — from a grade 1 mild concussion, to a grade 2 moderate concussion, or grade 3 severe concussion. A medical professional will make a determination as to which level of concussion was sustained, considering symptoms such as amnesia, loss of consciousness, and loss of equilibrium. Treatment is based upon the seriousness of the concussion, ranging from avoiding physical activity for a period of time to hospitalization. If symptoms worsen within 24 to 72 hours of the accident, seek medical attention.
If you or someone you love has suffered a concussion as a result of an accident contact our legal team today
Concussions are traumatic brain injuries that can have long term consequences. At the personal injury law firm of Lomurro Law, our skilled New Jersey accident attorneys aggressively fight to protect the rights of accident victims, obtaining maximum compensation for your injuries. Arrange a confidential consultation with a member of our team by contacting our office at 732-482-9285 or contact us online. We have convenient offices located in Freehold and East Brunswick.