How Serious is a Concussion?

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
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • 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
  • Depression
  • 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.

For a free consultation, call us at 907-276-5858 or send an email.

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