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Signs of a Concussion after a Car Accident

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury, commonly caused after a blow to the head. It affects your brain function. Some concussions lead to a temporary loss of consciousness, but many do not. You may have a concussion and not even know it. If you suspect that you may have experienced a concussion, it is important to seek medical attention.

Causes of concussions in motor vehicle accidents

The brain has a gelatinous consistency that is protected by cerebrospinal fluid inside the skull. When a person is hit in an accident, his or her brain may forcefully move back and forth, resulting in an injury and possible bleeding in or around the brain.

A person may experience a concussion during a motor vehicle accident for many reasons, including the following:

  • An occupant strikes his or her head against the dashboard, steering wheel, side door or other hard object in the vehicle
  • A moving object strikes an occupant during the collision
  • An occupant is shaken violently back and forth during the impact of the collision

Signs of a concussion

Individuals who suffer from a concussion do not all have the same symptoms. Some symptoms may appear immediately while others may not. Some signs may be apparent while others are more subtle. In some instances, symptoms may last for days, weeks or longer.

Individuals who have a concussion may show some of the following signs:

  • Physical signs – Victims may show physical signs such as temporary loss of consciousness, headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, sensory indicators such as problems tasting or ringing in the ears,
  • Cognitive signs – Victims may suffer memory loss, have problems concentrating, forget what they are doing, suffer confusion or have trouble communicating.
  • Behavioral signs – Victims may have mood swings, be irritable, develop depression or have problems psychologically adjusting.

Symptoms of concussions in children

Children may have difficulty communicating how they are feeling. It is important for parents to carefully monitor their children after a vehicle accident for possible signs of a concussion, such as:

  • Dazed appearance
  • Excessive crying
  • Irritability
  • Crankiness
  • Easily tired
  • Unsteady walking or lack of balance
  • Change in routines
  • Lack of interest in favorite toys and activities

Seek immediate care

If you are involved in an accident and think that you may have been injured, it is important that you seek medical care promptly. It is important to diagnose any traumatic brain injuries quickly to mitigate their effects. Seeking prompt medical attention can also help protect your injury claim and establish the link between the accident and your injury.

Contact our skilled Murfreesboro accident lawyers if you have been injured in a car accident

Our Murfreesboro accident attorneys are ready to help you with every aspect of your injury claim, including documenting your injuries after the accident. You concentrate on your recovery while we pursue compensation against the at-fault driver. Contact us online or call 615-890-1982 to schedule a free consultation.