Attorney David I. Fuchs
Apr. 6, 2018
A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). When a bump or blow to the head causes the brain to strike the inside of the skull, a concussion can occur. Concussions are the most common type of TBI, accounting for 30% of all injury deaths in the U.S. A concussed brain does not function the way it normally would. No two concussions are alike. Concussions can cause a wide range of symptoms depending on the individual and severity of the injury. After any kind of car accident, seek medical attention for diagnosis and treatment if you do have a concussion. The following red flag symptoms indicate your car accident did, in fact, give you a mild TBI.
There are three grades of concussions, with one being the least and three being the most serious. Loss of consciousness is a sign of a grade two or grade three concussion. A grade two concussion can cause unconsciousness for up to 24 hours, while a grade three can result in loss of consciousness for longer. If you lost consciousness during your accident or cannot remember how you got to the hospital, this is a vital sign of a concussion. This means the impact was serious enough for you to strike your head on the steering wheel, windshield, or window and blackout. Even if you lost consciousness for just a few seconds, it’s a sign that may have hit your head.
Fright, anxiety, abdominal injuries, and many other things can cause dizziness, nausea, and/or vomiting after a car accident; however, these are three symptoms doctors associated with concussions. If you’re feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or woozy while talking to police or in the hospital, tell someone. Vomiting more than once after a crash is a clear sign that something is wrong. Even if you did not lose consciousness or do not recall hitting your head, feeling nauseous or off balance could point to the fact that you struck your head in the collision.
A more obvious yet often ignored symptom of a mild TBI is a headache and sensitivity to light or sound. Some crash victims may ignore or overlook a headache, chalking it up to the stress of the collision or something the person often experiences. After an accident, however, it’s important to pay attention to every physical, cognitive, and emotional sign to detect a concussion as early as possible. If you notice a headache, migraine, blurred vision, or sensitivity to light or noise, you could have a concussion. The urge to sleep more than usual or trouble falling asleep could also be TBI symptoms.
Concussions don’t only affect you physically. They can take a toll and make changes to you cognitively. Many people report feeling confused, lost, or dazed after suffering concussions. Memory loss is also a common symptom, as damage to the brain can affect the limbic system. People with concussions may notice gaps in their memory, difficulty remembering new information, trouble concentrating, or problems thinking clearly. Feeling mentally slowed down or foggy after an accident – even days later – could be a sign of a concussion. Always see a doctor after a car accident to detect and diagnose a concussion as soon as possible.