Without proper treatment, even minor concussions can have devastating and long-lasting effects on the victim.
The US records between 1.6 – 3.8 million concussions or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) related to sports and recreational activities every year. However, the football field isn’t the only place you can get a concussion. Some car accidents result in concussions that sometimes go unnoticed. Without proper treatment, even minor concussions can have devastating and long-lasting effects on the victim.
Let’s consider a few common signs of a concussion after a car accident.
Loss of Consciousness
The first and most obvious sign that you suffered a concussion after an accident is losing consciousness. Severe impact to the head by hitting the windshield or steering wheel can make you pass out. Even being knocked out for only a few seconds is still a sign that you might have experienced brain trauma or a concussion.
No Recollection of What Happened Before the Accident
If you have no recollection of the events that happened before the accident, you might have a concussion. It’s not uncommon for TBI victims to suffer amnesia and are unable to remember what happened before the accident and sometimes after the accident. This is a major sign of a concussion, and victims should seek prompt medical attention.
Dizziness and Nausea
Feeling dizzy and nauseous is another sign of a TBI, especially if victims vomit more than twice or have trouble maintaining balance. In case of any dizziness or unexplained nausea, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Incessant Ringing in the Ears
Concussion victims often have ringing in their ears that doesn’t stop. This ringing is known as tinnitus and can happen in one or both years. Tinnitus generally goes away on its own after a few weeks of rest and treatment.
Extreme Sensitivity to Light
People with concussions are often extremely sensitive to light, especially sunlight. If you feel your eyes hurt a little too much when you face the sun or any other light source, you may have suffered a concussion.
Abnormal Sleep Patterns
Traumatic brain injuries often cause a shift in your usual sleep patterns. This could mean severe insomnia or sleeping too much. Whatever the case, irregular sleeping is a major sign of a traumatic brain injury.
Any unexplained mood changes after an accident are also signs you may have suffered a concussion. This includes irritability, anger, and unexplained anxiety—all of these point to a concussion.
Get Fair Compensation for Your Concussion
If you experience any of the above signs after an accident, you might have suffered a concussion. Seek immediate medical attention if you have not done so already and speak with an experienced St. Louis car accident lawyer as soon as possible to ensure your legal rights are protected after an accident.
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