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Concussion Injuries From a Car Accident
Car accidents can result in a wide variety of injuries, and some of those injuries are more severe than others. Whenever a traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs in a motor vehicle crash, it is extremely important to seek medical attention and to learn more about filing a claim with a qualified car accident attorney for financial compensation. Concussions can happen in many different scenarios, but they are very common in car collisions.
If you were injured in a car crash caused by another driver’s negligence and you sustained a concussion, you could end up facing significant financial costs, from medical bills to lost wages. An experienced concussion injury lawyer can answer any questions you have about filing a car accident claim and can begin working on your case immediately.What is a Concussion?
Concussions are a serious type of brain injury. As the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains, a concussion is a particular type of traumatic brain injury that is “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.” When the brain bounces in the skull or twists in the skull, that harm can result in changes to the brain that can cause substantial damage.
While concussions are what is known as a “mild” traumatic brain injury, it is important to understand that they are only classified this way because they are not life-threatening in most circumstances. However, concussions can nonetheless be serious and can lead to immediate or long-term disabilities.Learning More About Car Accidents and Concussions
Many car accidents involve a motor vehicle occupant, motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian striking his or her head on an object or experiencing whiplash and other injuries as a result of the force and impact. This force and impact can cause concussions and other more serious TBIs.
Many different types of car crashes can lead to concussions, including but not limited to:
- Rear-end accidents;
- Vehicle rollovers;
- Side-impact crashes, or T-bone collisions;
- Side-swipe accidents; and
- Head-on collisions.
Even single-vehicle accidents caused by another driver’s reckless or careless behavior can lead to a concussion.Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion After a Traffic Crash
Not everybody experiences the same symptoms after suffering a concussion. The CDC lists the following as common symptoms of concussions that require medical attention:
- Being unable to recall events prior to or just after the injury;
- Feeling dazed or stunned;
- Forgetting instructions;
- General confusion;
- Clumsy movements;
- Slow to answer questions;
- Loss of consciousness;
- Mood or behavior shifts;
- Blurry vision;
- Light or noise sensitivity;
- Feeling sluggish;
- Concentration problems;
- Memory problems; and
- Any sense of “just not feeling right.”
If you or someone you love got hurt in a car crash and suffered a concussion, you should learn more about your options for seeking compensation. If you cannot obtain the compensation you deserve through an auto insurance claim, you may be eligible to file a car accident lawsuit to hold the negligent driver accountable. An aggressive concussion injury attorney can assist you. Contact the Walton Law Firm to speak with a car accident lawyer today.