Car Accidents and Short-Term Effects of Concussions
Although many people don't realize immediately following an accident, it's highly likely that you've suffered a concussion if you hit your head on anything. Concussions can be mild or serious traumatic head injuries, but even the most mild of concussions can cause issues if not cared for correctly.
If you've been in a car accident, you should always seek medical attention right away, as it's impossible to know of any potential internal damage to your body.
Pay close attention to these short-term effects of a concussions:
- Feeling in a fog
- Temporary loss of consciousness
- Ear ringing (tinnitus)
- Delayed responses
- Light sensitivity
- Sound sensitivity
- Blurred vision
If you're suffering from any of these, it's likely you've experienced a concussion.
Although your car accident may not have been serious, or may have been classified as "low impact" or "no property damaged," it doesn't necessarily mean that you're completely in the clear.
The most common factors in head injuries in car accidents are whiplash, blunt head contact, an object hitting your head, or your body being shaken, all of which can happen in both minor and major accidents. It's important for you to get checked out and your personal injury lawyer to understand every aspect of your injury, should you have any type of head injury or concussion.
Mild head injuries and concussions can lead to more serious and long-lasting symptoms if not immediately found and treated correctly. And many doctors and chiropractors miss these types of head injuries.
If you've been in a car accident, you should always take precautions afterwards. Rest, avoid looking at screens for too long, try not to use too much brain power for awhile, and don't do any cardio or other intense exercise.
If gone without care, concussions can lead to long-term effects such as:
- Difficulty concentrating on tasks
- Memory loss
- Permanent or long-term light and sound sensitivity
- Personality changes such as irritability
Be sure to take extra precautions following a car accident, and if you've been injured, don't hesitate to reach out to a personal injury lawyer. The longer you wait, the more difficult it is to make your case.
So give The May Firm a call today if you've suffered from a concussion in a car accident. We'd love to hear more about your case and talk about the ways that we can help you get back to living your life.