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Recognizing a Concussion after a Car Accident

Car accidents are one of the most common causes of serious injury in the United States today, and can cause many different types of injury. These injuries can range from cuts and bruises to serious fractures, and could result in permanent disability or may even be fatal. Because of the varied types of injury that may take occur in a car accident, it is important to be fully evaluated by a medical professional after a motor vehicle crash. Any injuries you sustain may entitle you to significant compensation, and it is important to have the circumstances of your case reviewed by an experienced Coweta County car accident lawyer.

One of the most common types of injuries sustained in a car accident is a concussion, which is a mild type of traumatic brain injury. Concussions are notoriously difficult to diagnose, and if left untreated could take longer to resolve or could result in further complications. As a result, it is important to know and look for the signs and symptoms of a concussion after a car accident.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that there are around 3.8 million cases of concussions per year, and falls are the most common cause. Another common cause of concussions is car and other motor vehicle accidents. Concussions are usually caused by a direct bump or blow to the head, a common occurrence in a car crash. A concussion literally causes the brain to move around in the head that results in the disruption of normal brain function. Some of the most common symptoms of concussions include:

  • Confusion
  • Problems with coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Problems with balance
  • Blurred vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Noise sensitivity
  • Feeling sluggish
  • Problems with memory
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Changes in personality or behavior
  • Difficulty concentrating

 

If a concussion is suspected, you should seek medical treatment immediately. Treatment will vary depending on the severity of the injury, and a doctor may order tests such as a CT scan or an MRI to determine how to best treat you. The best way to avoid a concussion in a car accident is to wear seat belts, obey speed limits and other traffic laws, avoid distracted driving, and never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Contact a Coweta County auto accident attorney for a case evaluation

If you have been involved in a car crash and suspect that you have sustained a concussion, you should consult with an experienced Coweta County car accident attorney as soon as possible. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may have a legal action against the person or party responsible for your injuries. The types of damages available in car accident cases depend on the severity of the injuries sustained, but could include compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of future earnings, or property damage. The Law Offices of Shane Smith is here to help. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact us today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia