Concussion Symptoms Following a Car AccidentJuly 15, 2019
When a car crashes into another vehicle, the impact of the accident can cause significant property damage and serious injuries, particularly if the vehicles involved were traveling at high speeds. While seatbelts, airbags, and other safety technology can reduce the severity of certain injuries, the impact of the collision can cause the head to hit the steering wheel, windshield, or dashboard. This blow to the head can cause a concussion, which occurs when the brain tissue hits the wall of the skull. Concussions are one of the most common types of traumatic brain injuries.
Unlike lacerations, broken bones, and muscle sprains, symptoms of concussions do not always appear right away. In addition, some symptoms may be subtle or initially appear to be relatively minor. If left untreated, the symptoms can become more severe. Because symptoms of a concussion are often delayed, it is crucial that you seek immediate medical attention any time you are involved in a car accident, particularly if you hit your head.
Symptoms of a Concussion
There are a wide range of symptoms associated with a concussion, including the following:
- Changes in mood or behavior
- Changes in speech, such as slurring
- Lasting or recurring dizziness
- Memory issues, including difficulty remembering the accident
- Balance issues, including difficulty standing or walking
- One pupil is larger than the other
- Loss of consciousness, either during or immediately following the accident
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Sensitivity to taste and smell
- Changes in physical coordination
- Constant headache that becomes more intense
- Vision issues
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Ringing in the ears
Depending on the seriousness of the concussion, there are different treatment options available. The treatment for a Grade 1 or Grade 2 concussion is rest and recovery until the symptoms disappear. Grade 3 concussions are more serious and require medical care, including diagnostic testing to determine the seriousness of the injury and whether there is any internal bleeding. This would suggest a more serious condition that would need medical intervention. In some cases, a serious concussion can result in lasting impairments that have a negative impact on their quality of life. The sooner a concussion is diagnosed and treated, the more likely it is that the individual will fully recover from the injury.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Compensation for Victims of Head Injuries
If you were in a car accident and suffered a serious concussion, or any type of head injury, you are urged to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We understand the nature of these injuries and will seek the maximum financial compensation you deserve. Our skilled legal team will guide you through every step of the claims process and ensure that your legal rights are always protected. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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