Concussions After a Car Accident
Head concussions are a common injury amongst motor vehicle accident victims. Unlike other injuries that display immediate signs, such as broken bones or even back or neck injury, signs and symptoms of a concussion may not surface until days or even weeks after the car crash. Moreover, most accident victims may erroneously believe that because they did not hit their head during the crash, there is no way they could have suffered a concussion. The truth of the matter is that you do not need to hit your head on anything to suffer any type of head injury, especially a concussion.
What Is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can result in the brain moving around or twisting in the skull. This creates chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretches and damages brain cells.
Some medical providers may describe a concussion as “mild” brain injury. This creates a false sense of relief because although concussions by definition may not be life-threatening, the effects can still be very serious.
Signs & Symptoms of a Concussion
If you were involved in a motor vehicle collision, it is important that you look for any signs that may indicate you suffered a concussion or any other form of head injury in the accident. Common signs of a concussion include:
• memory problems
• drowsiness or fatigue
• double or blurred vision
• nausea or vomiting
• light or noise sensitivity
• balance problems
• slowed reaction time
What To Do After a Concussion
Unlike most other car accident injuries which are visible to the naked eye, concussion injuries are typically termed as the invisible injury because the symptoms are not immediately visible to the naked eye. If you notice any signs or symptoms that may indicate you have a concussion, it is imperative that you immediately seek medical attention. You should not try to “shake it off” because the later you seek medical help, the worst it will get.
Once you have consulted with a medical professional, you should also contact a Los Angeles concussion injury attorney to discuss whether you have a legal claim against the party that caused the accident. With the help of your attorney, you may be entitled to compensation for:
• Past and future medical bills
• Loss of income
• Loss of future earning capacity
• Pain and suffering
• Emotional and mental trauma
Call an Experienced Los Angeles Concussion Injury Attorney Now!
If you or a loved one suffered head injury in a car accident caused by the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. You should immediately consult with an experienced LA concussion injury accident attorney to help protect your rights and get you the full compensation that you deserve.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a lawyer, please call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas at (888) 848-5084.