One of the most common injuries experienced by victims of car and truck accidents
Is a concussion.
Whether caused by the violent shaking of your head and upper body, or your head actually hitting the steering wheel or dashboard, a concussion is a Traumatic Brain Injury that requires immediate medical attention.
How Do I Know If I Have a Concussion?
Keep in mind that injuries can sometimes take a while to reveal themselves. That’s why it’s vital you see a doctor immediately after an accident so that a full medical exam can reveal any hidden injuries.
Classic telltale signs that you may have a concussion include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Feelings of tiredness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Slurred speech
- One eye pupil appearing larger than the other does.
For children and older adults, concussions can sometimes be diagnosed only after a series of medical tests.
Is A Concussion Serious?
In a word, yes. The brain is an extremely complex organ, so any injury to it should be taken very seriously
Although they are rarely life-threatening, concussion symptoms can last for days, weeks or much longer. In fact, the longer the symptoms continue, the more intense they can be.
For example, the long-term side effects of a concussion can include:
- Sleep problems
- Inability to think clearly
- Changes in taste and smell
- Personality changes, including becoming more irritable.
A University of Utah Health study confirmed that if you’ve experienced more than one concussion in your life, the long-term effects are more likely.
What Should I Do After Being Involved in a Car Accident?
As mentioned above, seeing a doctor right after your accident in crucial – especially if you eventually file a personal injury claim.
Being seen by a doctor helps you in a number of ways.
- A medical exam will identify any injuries that haven’t yet revealed themselves.
- Seeing a doctor confirms your concern for your injuries – this is very important if you decide to pursue a personal injury claim.
- Your medical visit begins documentation of your damages – documentation is also key to a personal injury claim.
If You’re Injured Because of Someone Else’s Negligence, call the Alaska Personal Injury Lawyers With Barber & Associates.
The financial compensation from a personal injury claim can be used to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, any limited ability to earn a living – and more.
Here at Barber & Associates, we’ve recovered millions for Alaskans who have been injured by someone else.