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How to Tell If Your Car Accident Left You with a Concussion

Dan Brian   |  June 30, 2016   |  

Were you recently involved in a car accident? You might not even know that you have sustained serious head trauma. Indeed, according to a fact sheet on concussions from the Mayo Clinic, “the signs and symptoms of a concussion can be subtle and may not be immediately apparent.”

A concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). According to a Mayo Clinic TBI fact sheet, vehicle collisions are one of the most common causes of serious head injuries. In short, concussions occur in car accidents with much more frequency than you might expect.

If you suffer a concussion in a car accident, you may experience symptoms later on that can last for days, weeks, and sometimes longer, according to the Mayo Clinic concussion fact sheet. As such, it is extremely important to seek medical attention as soon as you have been involved in a car accident. It could be possible that you sustained a head injury and do not realize it.

If you have been diagnosed with a concussion caused by a traffic accident, you should speak with an experienced car accident attorney to learn more about filing a claim.

Common Concussion Symptoms after an Accident

How can you tell if you may have suffered a concussion in an auto accident?

The Mayo Clinic concussions fact sheet and an article from Brainline.org list the following symptoms of a concussion:

  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Memory loss
  • Numbness
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Disorientation
  • Difficulty walking or balancing
  • Sensitivity to lights and sounds

What to Do about Concussions

Brain injuries are serious and require medical attention. What should you do if you have sustained a concussion in a car accident or if you have symptoms of a TBI? First and foremost, you should visit a doctor. A physician can run tests to make a determination about whether you suffered a traumatic brain injury in the crash and can take steps to help you toward recovery. The sooner a healthcare provider is able to assess your injuries, the better.

As the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) points out, many concussion victims do not suspect that they have suffered a TBI because their symptoms do not seem particularly severe at first. Whenever you are involved in a car accident, it is a good idea to seek a medical assessment. A healthcare provider understands how concussions typically present, and they can discuss treatment options with you.


Concussion-Based Car Accident Lawsuits

While every case is different, suffering a brain injury in an accident may mean that you have a strong chance of bringing a successful car accident lawsuit. If you sustained a brain injury in a crash caused by a negligent driver, then you should consider seeking compensation for your injuries by filing a car accident claim. You should not have to pay for another driver’s carelessness.

If you or someone you love sustained brain injuries in an accident that was someone else’s fault, an experienced Raleigh car accident attorney can assist with your case. Contact Riddle & Brantley, LLP today to learn more about how we can help. The claim review and consultation are free and come with no obligations.