Even though most concussions do not require extensive treatment, a concussion can lead to the loss of memory and cognitive skills.
One of the most common head injuries resulting from a car accident is a concussion, which is typically seen as mild trauma to the brain. The sudden movement of, or in come cases, a blow to the head causes the brain to bounce around, damaging brain cells and creating chemical changes. If you have suffered from a concussion after a car accident, speak with a St. Louis brain injury lawyer as soon as possible. Even though most concussions do not require extensive treatment, a concussion can lead to the loss of memory and cognitive skills.
Symptoms of Concussion
Concussions can occur in a low speed crash. Symptoms of a concussion include:
- temporary unconsciousness
- muscle weakness
- difficulty concentrating
- difficulty learning something new
- difficulty remembering something from the past
For decades, physicians believed these to be short-term symptoms, with no long-term effects. But new research reveals that long-term consequences can happen from a mild concussion after a car accident.
Long-Term Effects of Concussion
A study done on victims of motorcycle and bicycle accidents who suffered a concussion showed a decrease in scores on thinking and memory tests when compared against the results of individuals who had not suffered a concussion. Even after a year, there was still a difference in test scores in addition to the evidence of structural brain damage when scanned.
Brain injuries caused by car accidents often result in the need for long-term care, something which is taken into consideration when negotiating a car accident settlement. Compensation increases for permanent injuries and evidence now suggests that concussions have lingering effects.
Compensation for Future Medical Care
In order to ensure that you are asking for compensation that matches the extent of your concussion injury, report all symptoms to your treating physician as they occur. Not all symptoms of brain injury are apparent right away and even the slightest change in how you feel or how you are acting could be an indication of something more serious. An accurate record of the progression of these symptoms can be used as evidence to prove you are still in need of medical care.