Concussion Signs to Watch Out for After a Car Accident

doctor reviewing xraysConcussions are a common car accident injury, but you may not notice the symptoms of this condition for hours or days after the crash. That is why you should learn about the signs of a post-car-accident concussion so you know what to look for.

If you have been injured in a car accident, contact Roden Law’s experienced Savannah car accident attorneys for a free, no obligation consultation. We can determine if you may be entitled to compensation for your injury.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that may occur during a car accident. A concussion results from a blow to the head that causes the brain to bounce within the skull. A blow to the head includes when the head hits surfaces or objects within the vehicle, such as a steering wheel or dashboard, or when the force of an accident forces the head forward and back.

Signs of a Concussion After an Accident

Concussion symptoms do not always appear immediately, which is why it is important to always seek medical care following a car accident, particularly if you notice these signs of a concussion:

  • Loss of consciousness – Victims do not always lose consciousness but it happens quite often with this injury. If you suffer a grade three concussion you could lose consciousness for up to five minutes or more. However, even if you only lose consciousness for a few seconds, it could be a sign of a TBI, like a concussion.  
  • Ringing in the ears or seeing stars – A blow to the head causing a concussion will often cause the victim to hear ringing in his or her ears or see stars.
  • Nausea – Following the accident, you may feel dizzy, sensitive to light and may vomit or feel nauseous.
  • Confusion and/or amnesia – In the few days following the accident, you may notice you cannot recall certain details about the collision or do not remember it at all. Dates may be confusing and you may find it difficult to concentrate.
  • Sleep disturbances – A concussion can disrupt your regular sleep patterns. You may experience difficulty falling asleep, or sleep more or less than usual.
  • Mood swings – Concussions can cause mood swings such as anger, nervousness, anxiety, irritability or listlessness.
  • Headaches – You may experience headaches that worsen or will not go away. They may be accompanied by blurry vision.
  • Seizures – Severe concussions may cause a person to experience seizures.

Compensation for a Concussion

Many victims recover fully from concussions after a car accident, but others do not. They may develop chronic problems such as seizures, continuous headaches, difficulty concentrating, personality changes and inability to work. Concussions may require ongoing medical treatment and affect a victim’s ability to work for years to come.

Victims have the option of filing an injury claim to recover compensation for the damages they have suffered, including:

  • Past and future medical costs
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Emotional trauma
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship

Contact Roden Law Now

The Savannah personal injury lawyers of Roden Law have helped numerous victims receive the compensation they deserve after sustaining injuries caused by another’s negligence. We will review your claim and advise you what legal actions are appropriate for pursuing maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Request a free, no obligation consultation now and learn how we can help you. We work on contingency so no upfront fees are charged. You only pay us if we recover compensation for your claim.