Did you know that concussion symptoms can be delayed? If you suffer a concussion, after any type of accident, sometimes symptoms (that you are able to notice) only come out a few days, or even weeks, after the injury happens. This doesn’t mean that the injury got worse, it just means that the initial symptoms were so mild that you didn’t notice them initially. This is one of the many reasons why it’s crucial to get medical help right away after an accident, and then to call a lawyer.
Many car, truck, or motorcycle accident victims don’t realize that they have a concussion because of these delayed symptoms. Symptoms may include dizziness, slurred speech, loss of balance, persistence headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and irritability.
If you have suffered any kind of accident, but especially a car, motorcycle or truck accident (where the risk of a serious injury is greater), you need to get the help of a medical professional right away. Never delay your care, and always make it a priority to ensure your health is in tip top shape. And, once you’ve sought medical care, call a lawyer to ensure your rights are protected and that you know every option you have for pursuing compensation.
What Causes Concussions?
According to information provided by the CDC, “A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth.”
There are many different types of accidents in which a concussion could occur to the victim. In a car accident, often cars stop short in hopes of avoiding collisions, and it causes the driver or passengers in the vehicle to jolt forward and smack their head into the side of the vehicle, the door, or even the seat in front of them. This can happen in trucks and commercial motor vehicles as well, so it’s important to always wear your seatbelt.
In slip and fall situations, it is possible that someone could slip on, for example, an icy sidewalk, which would cause them to fall suddenly and quickly. If the slip and fall accident victim falls too quickly on the sidewalk to put their hands out and break their fall, their head might make a hard impact on the sidewalk, leading to a concussion.
What Are The Symptoms Of A Concussion?
According to the CDC, Symptoms of concussion usually fall into four categories:
Thinking and remembering: These symptoms could involve a difficulty to remember certain events feeling mentally foggy or unsharp
Physical: Symptoms might include persistent headaches, difficulty with bright lights and/or loud noises, nausea and/or vomiting
Emotional and mood: You may feel irritable, tired, drained, or depressed.
Sleep disturbance: You may be sleeping too much, or not able to sleep at all.
If you have a headache that will not go away, look very drowsy, have a hard time waking up in the morning, experience seizures or even just feel “off” after an accident, you need to seek help from a medical professional right away. If you have been hurt due to someone else’s negligence and you don’t get medical attention, it will be hard to hold that at-fault party accountable for what you have suffered.
How Can A Car Accident Lawyer Help Me Recover From A Concussion?
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident and suffered a concussion or a delayed concussion, a lawyer can help you fight for compensation in court. If someone else caused your injuries, you should not have to bear the burden of paying for your medical expenses out of pocket. And, if you have to skip out on work to stay home and nurse your car accident related injuries, you certainly don’t deserve to get a smaller paycheck just because you are hurt.
Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with Church & Page today if you or someone you love have experienced a concussion after an accident. In your free initial case evaluation, our attorneys will take the time to listen to the exact details of your accident case, and will listen to the medical issues you suffered as a result of the impact. It is our mission to create a strong personal injury case that demonstrates how reckless, negligent or careless the other party was while driving. By demonstrating the negligence of the other party successfully, you can win a settlement that covers the cost of your accident related medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.