Concussions are among the most reported injuries from car accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
In this issue, the reputable Los Angeles car accident lawyer, Ramtin Sadighim, will discuss the various ways a concussion can occur in a car accident, and how to spot symptoms of such an injury.
What is a Concussion?
You may not know that a concussion is actually a form of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). It literally affects the way the brain functions. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines a concussion as a TBI “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.” They go on to explain that it is this sudden, forceful movement that can cause the brain to shake or twist in the skull resulting in chemical changes and sometimes even causing stretching and damaging brain cells.
It is important to note that signs and symptoms of a concussion often appear when the injury occurs, but they may sometimes take hours or days to show.
While some people may experience a loss of consciousness, others may not. In fact, some people may experience a concussion and not even realize it.
If left untreated, a concussion can cause permanent damage. That’s why it is so important to see a medical professional immediately after you’ve been involved in an accident. As we wrote in a previous entry, many injuries take days, weeks or even months to appear.
Concussions and Car Accidents
A common misconception regarding concussions is that they are caused solely by a blow to the head. The fact is, however, if the impact from a car accident is enough to jolt your body, it is also enough to cause a concussion. An accident can cause a direct blow to your head through the steering wheel, dashboard, cargo or head rests, but again, a direct blow isn’t the only way a concussion can occur during an accident.
The Common Symptoms of a Concussion
As noted above, some people may black out, while others may not. Other symptoms that you may experience are nausea, a feeling of dizziness, and difficulty speaking and thinking clearly.
Multiple medical tests may be needed to confirm concussions for youngsters and the elderly.
The long-term effects of a concussion can be much more severe. They include:
- Difficulty getting enough sleep
- Changes in one’s behavior and personality – including anger and depression
- Alterations in your ability to smell and taste
- Trouble thinking clearly.
Studies show that if you’ve already experienced a concussion in your life, another one can make the long-term effects more likely.
The key to recovering properly from a concussion includes getting plenty of rest and limiting exposure to television and video games. You should also ease back into your work and daily routine under the guidance of a medical doctor, as each case is differs.
If You or a Loved One Has Been Injured by Another Driver, Call Ramtin Sadighim, the Leading Car Accident Attorney in Los Angeles
Concussions are serious matters, and should be treated as such; hence it is imperative that you are checked by a medical professional immediately after an accident.
Accidents on the road can happen in the blink of an eye. To make sure you receive the justice and compensation you deserve, call the law offices of Ramtin Sadighim, a leading personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles at 888.999.8744 to schedule a consultation or visit www.CaliAccidentAttorney.com to learn more.