If you have been involved in a car accident, it is important that you get medical care for your injuries. All too often, many people feel that if they do not feel an immediate injury, then they are not injured. This can be far from the truth, especially when it comes to head injuries. Keep reading to learn about the symptoms of concussion you should look out for and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 if you require a free legal consultation from an attorney.
Head Injuries Do Not Always Involve Striking the Head Against an Object
One of the reasons that brain injuries are not always diagnosed is that many people assume that if they did not strike their head against the steering wheel, dashboard, or another part of the vehicle, then they could not have seriously injured their brain.
This is false. If a car is moving at high speed and the vehicle stops abruptly, the brain can actually strike the side of the skull and suffer a serious injury. This injury can lead to a concussion.
Some Symptoms Take Time to Become Apparent and Are Relatively Minor
Another reason that concussions can go unreported or undiscovered is that the symptoms do not always show up right away. Even when they do, some of the symptoms can be subtle or appear minor. If these injuries and symptoms are ignored, the victim runs the risk of long-term repercussions or even death. That is why it is important to know what the symptoms are and to take them seriously.
Common Symptoms of a Concussion
There are many symptoms that might denote a concussion, including changes in mood or behavior, changes in speech, memory issues, balance issues, dizziness, fatigue, ringing in the ear, unevenly sized pupils, sensitivity to light and noise, loss of consciousness, constant headache that gets worse, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to taste and smell, changes in coordination, and vision issues. Anyone who experiences a combination of these symptoms after a car accident should get medical help.
Treatment Options for Concussions
There are treatment options for concussions. The right treatment for your specific case will depend on a variety of factors. Generally, doctors will classify it as a Grade 1, 2, or 3 concussion. For Grade 1 or 2 concussions, rest and recovery are generally the best ways to treat them. However, a Grade 3 concussion requires medical care such as diagnostic testing to determine how serious it is and whether or not there is internal bleeding.
If you believe you have sustained a concussion, you should go to the doctor immediately. If you have suffered an injury in a car accident in which someone else was at fault, you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You can contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 now for a free legal consultation.