Signs of a Concussion After a Car Accident

Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

10 Jan. 2018

Football players have notably received a lot of attention lately for the impact repeated concussions have had on their health, ending careers and lives prematurely. However, only 20% of traumatic brain injuries are caused by sports, while car accidents are responsible for about 28% of them. This should not be a surprise given the millions of motor vehicle accidents that occur every year on roadways across the country. That said, oftentimes, car crash survivors do not know they have suffered a concussion following an accident since symptoms are not always immediately apparent. This is why it is crucial to always visit a doctor as soon as possible after a car accident.

There are some symptoms you should be aware of that can potentially appear after the accident, which indicate a concussion, including dizziness and confusion. Additionally, there are three grades of concussions:

  • Grade 1: You did not lose consciousness, but might have temporary amnesia for less than 30 minutes.
  • Grade 2: You suffered a loss of consciousness and amnesia from 30 minutes to 24 hours.
  • Grade 3: You suffered a loss of consciousness that lasted longer than 5 minutes or suffered amnesia for more than 24 hours.

Generally, car accident victims are able to make a full recovery, though this is not always the case. Make sure you seek medical attention to help prevent any permanent damage and to ensure you receive the proper treatment in a timely manner.

Concussion Symptoms After an Accident

Some of the most common signs that indicate the car accident you were involved in gave you a concussion include:

  • Loss of consciousness is one of the most obvious signs of a concussion. This can occur from hitting your head on the windshield, the steering wheel, or another object. Even if you were only out for just a few seconds, this is an indication that your brain suffered trauma.
  • Nausea, dizziness, sensitivity to light, and vomiting are also indications of a concussion, even if you did not lose consciousness.
  • Car accident victims who sustain concussions sometimes experience confusion or amnesia and might not realize until days later that they cannot recall things or are confused about the date.
  • Seeing stars or experiencing ringing in the ears also tend to follow a blow to the head, indicating mild trauma.

Additionally, mood changes, sleep disturbances, persistent headaches, and even seizures are also signs of a concussion.

New Jersey Car Accident Attorneys

If you were involved in a car accident in New Jersey and are experiencing concussion symptoms, you need the skilled assistance of a personal injury attorney. At Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law, we will fight to ensure those responsible for your injuries are held accountable for their negligent actions. Do not hesitate to reach out to our law firm today.

Call us at (201) 870-1909 to schedule a free consultation.

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