Signs of a Concussion After a Car Accident
What Florida drivers need to know about concussions
Car accidents often result in visible injuries to both drivers and passengers. For example, cuts and abrasions are physically observable ailments often suffered by car crash victims. However, not all injuries are readily apparent. In fact, some injuries don’t present symptoms until days after a car accident. Sometimes, this can be due to the adrenaline rush that car crash victims experience following an accident. Other times, though, delayed symptoms are typical of the injury suffered. Concussions are perhaps the most common injuries of this type.
A concussion is a type of brain injury. Concussions are typically caused by trauma to the head, although sudden jerking of the upper body can have the same result. When the head experiences trauma, the brain slides back and forth against the inner walls of the skull, sometimes leading to bleeding in or around your brain, resulting in a number of symptoms. And as mentioned above, the signs and symptoms of concussions are not always immediate, but they can last for weeks once they begin. There are many common signs and symptoms of concussions, including:
- Pressure in the head
- Loss of consciousness
- Slurring of speech
- Delayed verbal responses
- Loss of memory regarding the accident that caused the concussion
- Ringing in the ears
- Strange behavior
- Neck stiffness
- Personality changes
- Sensitivity to light
- Sensitivity to noise
- Trouble sleeping
- Psychological problems
- Disorders of taste
- Disorders of smell
- Temporary loss of consciousness
As mentioned above, the signs and symptoms of a concussion can sometimes take days to manifest. Therefore, anyone involved in a car accident should immediately seek medical attention—even if no injuries are readily apparent. In addition, it is advisable to seek legal counsel following medical treatment, as the victims of automobile accidents may be entitled to financial compensation for their injuries.
At GED Lawyers, LLP, our injury lawyers understand the emotional and financial strain suffered by the victims of automobile accidents, so we diligently and compassionately pursue your personal injury case in order to obtain the best outcome possible for you and your family. If you’ve been injured in a car or truck accident, please call 561-995-1966 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.