Concussions and Car Accidents
By: Allan Ziffra
Have you or someone you know ever had a car accident? Among these people, how many suffered a concussion due to the car accident? While concussions can often go unnoticed, they are more common than people think. They can occur even when a car accident victim does not hit their head on anything. At first glance, it is hard to imagine that head injuries are possible without an impact.
Concussions are caused by an impact or an event which causes your head and brain to move back and forth rapidly. This results in your brain hitting the inside of your skull thus creating a bruise-like brain injury. The symptoms of a concussion are due to various simultaneous processes in the brain, such as reduced blood flow, chemical imbalances, and/or improper nerve activity. Often people view concussions as a symptomatic occurrence and expect it to go away with ease. However, you should know that concussions are a form of Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI.
Recognizing a concussion after an auto accident is the most crucial step in properly treating one. Concussion symptoms are generally classified into 4 categories. It’s important to note that symptoms are not identical for everyone. This article provides various symptoms that may or may not present themselves after an auto accident. The first category of symptoms is physical. Patients with a concussion often complain of headaches, blurry vision, balance issues, lethargy, nausea, light and noise sensitivity, and dizziness. Stress after an auto accident may result in some of these symptoms. If they persist, however, consider telling your doctor.
The next category is sleep-related. Concussions can cause a person to sleep more than they usually do, or even less than they usually do. Moreover, a concussion can cause trouble falling asleep. Don’t automatically confuse these symptoms with normal stress after an auto accident. People are often shaken up after an auto accident and may feel like they need to rest. However, intentionally oversleeping is entirely different than the oversleeping caused by a concussion.
The third category of concussion symptoms is emotion-related. A person might experience anxiety, sadness, or even irritability. Emotional symptoms go unnoticed easily as they can be mistaken for stress stemming simply from the accident. It goes to show that a concussion from a car accident may affect every part of your life.
Last but not least, the fourth category of concussion symptoms relates to cognitive function. In simple terms, a concussion may affect your memory and ability to think clearly. Auto accident victims with concussions can experience difficulty concentrating on tasks. Memory problems are one of the most prevalent symptoms in this category. Repeatedly asking the same questions is a serious indicator of a concussion. Spending time with friends and family after an auto accident will help reveal cognitive symptoms. Otherwise, it may be hard for you to notice any of your own memory problems.
Now that we have covered the possible symptoms you may experience, let’s look at treatment for concussions following an auto accident. Quite simply, rest and time are the main treatments. Rest is vital to the healing process because you need your brain to relax. Reducing your activity levels is the first step. Take it slow, day by day. Eliminating tasks which are strenuous or require concentration is highly recommended. The more rest you get, the quicker you can recover from a concussion. If you return to your daily activities too soon, your symptoms may actually come back. Talk to your doctor for an approximate recovery timeline.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an auto accident and has suffered a concussion, call 386-788-7700. The attorneys at Rue & Ziffra have been handling personal injury cases for 40 years. For more information, please visit: http://www.rueziffra.com/. We are in your community, and on your side.