Concussions occur when the brain slams against the inner lining of the skull due to blunt force or aggressive shaking of the head. This is one of the most common types of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) sustained in collisions. It's usually the result of contact with a steering wheel, dashboard or headrest during a collision. It can also be caused by whiplash, which occurs when the head whips forward and backward in a rapid whip-like motion.
What symptoms should I watch out for?
People who sustain concussions in traffic collisions often aren't immediately aware of it, especially when they don't lose consciousness after a blow to the head. It can take several days for the symptoms to start setting in. The typical concussion symptoms to watch out for include:
- A headache
- Vomiting or feeling nauseous
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Blurred vision
- Tinnitus (ringing in ears)
- Changes in mood
- Memory loss
- Brain fog and difficulty concentrating
- Slurred speech
How are concussions treated?
Concussions can clear up on their own, but it's never a good idea to leave this condition untreated. Doing so can prolong your recovery time and put you at risk of sustaining a second and potentially worse TBI.
According to the Mayo Clinic, you may recover from a concussion in about three months, but it can last for more than a year in some cases. Repeat concussions can result in permanent brain damage.
If you were involved in a crash, it's important that you first seek medical attention, even if you don't feel injured. A medical evaluation may reveal that you sustained a concussion through an MRI or CT scan. Abnormalities in the brain don't always show up in these scans, however. If that's the case, your doctor my need to refer you to a neurologist, who can perform a more in-depth evaluation.
Concussions may be treated with pain medication and rest. It's important that you avoid working and engaging in certain activities (both physical and cognitive), and minimize electronic screen time.
Can a lawyer help me get compensated for my losses?
The insurance company who represents the driver who hit you is responsible for compensating you for all damages accrued from your crash. Insurance companies are never easy to deal with. They may look for any reason they can to deny your claim or pay you as little as possible. They may even argue that your concussion is mild and exaggerated. Don't fall for their tricks.
If you're contacted by the other driver's insurance company, don't even talk to them at all. Instead, speak to an experienced Pennsylvania car accident attorney who can deal with the insurance companies on your behalf. The Law Offices of Edward P. McNelis will fight to help maximize your compensation so you can focus on recovery.
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