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What to Know About Car Accident-Caused Concussions 

What to Know About Car Accident-Caused Concussions

If you are involved in a Georgia car accident, your life can change in just a few seconds. Our car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines understand the economic and emotional stress caused by injuries – especially ones that impact your head and brain.

Due to the huge impact that a brain or head injury can have on your life, our legal team is ready to help you navigate the complex personal injury process. However, we also believe you should know more about concussions resulting from a car accident and how this injury impacts the value of your car accident claim.

Understanding the Impact of a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (Concussion)

When you hear someone talking about a concussion, you may automatically think the victim was involved in a sports accident. After all, you constantly hear about professional hockey and football players dealing with this injury.

Sports injuries indeed make up around 20% of all concussions; however, auto accidents are responsible for many of these injuries.

Concussion Defined

Concussions are types of head trauma that disrupt typical brain function. Even though concussive injuries are classified as mild TBIs, all head injuries (even these) can have permanent effects.

Clinically, a concussion is described as a transient and sudden altering of memory, consciousness, and mental status. When any force is involved with the head injury, it must be taken seriously. You should also seek medical attention immediately.

How Are Concussions Caused in Car Accidents?

Sometimes, a car accident victim will experience immediate signs of a concussion or head injury when it occurs. You can do a few things if you are the victim of an Atlanta car accident; however, seeking medical attention should be at the top of the list.

There are several ways that you may suffer a concussion. For example, you may hit your head on the window, steering wheel, headrest, or something else. Sometimes, accident victims experience trauma to their brains even if no impact on the head occurs.

A car accident is often caused by sudden acceleration and impact. The extreme and unexpected movement of your head moving forward and backward can cause your brain to rattle and move in your head and hit the side of the skull. You may lose consciousness, have blurry vision, experience temporary amnesia, or experience other symptoms.

Signs You Have Experienced a Brain Injury or Concussion in a Car Accident

After a car accident, the symptoms of a concussion may be obvious. However, it is not unusual for symptoms to take a few days – or longer – to appear.

Usually, after a mild brain injury, an accident victim can recover completely. However, for others, these injuries can cause life-threatening and long-term issues. If you were involved in a car accident and hit your head, it is a good idea to seek a medical evaluation immediately.

It is also helpful to know some of the symptoms of a concussion, which include the following:

  • Nausea
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Persistent neck or head pain
  • Headaches
  • Extreme emotions
  • Sensitivity to sound and light
  • Concentration issues
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Loss of balance or dizziness
  • Confusion and memory loss
  • Anxiety or depression

The loss of consciousness is the most obvious sign that you have experienced a concussion. Do not wait to get to the doctor or emergency room if you experience this.

How Long Will a Concussion Last?

After a car accident, the symptoms of a concussion can last for a few days, weeks, months, or longer. However, if you continue having symptoms after a month, you may have experienced post-concussion syndrome. This is a condition that can last for several months or years.

If your doctor believes that you have experienced post-concussion syndrome after a car accident, you could suffer a life-altering, permanent disability. You need an experienced car accident lawyer to help you with your case. Our legal team will help you recover the full amount of compensation you are entitled to.

Contact Our Legal Team for Help with Your Car Accident Claim

When it comes to car accidents, there is no question that the injuries can be severe. If you have experienced a concussion or any head injury, let our legal team help. We will evaluate the evidence related to your case and help you get the compensation you deserve.

Remember, personal injury law can be confusing – but we are here to help. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation. We will help you with each step of the legal process.

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