Concussions are minor forms of a traumatic brain injury typically caused by a blow to the head. While violent football tackles are well known for concussions, even more minor car accidents can cause TBIs. Concussions may lead to post-traumatic symptoms indicative of a disruption of normal brain function. Knowing the signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury after a motor vehicle collision is the first step to ensuring better recovery.
But first, a common myth. A TBI does not require a direct impact between your head and an outside object. While certainly the chances of concussion are greater if your head impacted an airbag or the side window, it is still common for minor TBIs due to intracranial brain movement. In other words, when you are involved in a car accident you experience the well-known whiplash effect. As your body is flung forward and backwards, your brain will impact the inside of your skull. In the right conditions, these internal collisions may lead to concussion.
Traumatic brain injuries may resolve with time but recognizing the injury and taking appropriate steps may lead to a quicker resolution. Here are signs and symptoms to watch for after a car accident:
1. Headaches – While headaches may result from non-brain injuries, TBIs almost always include headaches. So, if you have consistent headaches after a car accident, pay additional attention to your body for other potential signs.
2. Nausea / Dizziness / Sensitivities – Victims of a car accident might feel like they’re under the influence of the flu. Always get checked out by a medical provider to ensure it is not something more serious.
3. Brain Fog / Fatigue – Trouble thinking, and low energy can be difficult to discern. If your loved one is more of a couch potato than normal after a car accident, a trip to the doctor might be in order.
4. Irritability – Flashes in mood are common after a concussion. Difficulty in controlling your emotions might lead from calmness to anxiety to anger quickly.
5. Confusion / Difficulty Concentrating – Humans multitask in their everyday lives. Often after an accident, a victim might have trouble performing their normal routine and difficulty paying attention to a single topic.
6. Sleep Disruption – While there may be other reasons for difficult with sleeping, car accident victims should always seek medical attention if they are having difficulty going to or staying asleep.
Traumatic brain injuries can be life threatening in some cases. In other cases, concussions may be minor and resolve on their own. If you or someone you know was involved in a motor vehicle collision and is suffering from any of these symptoms, seeking prompt medical attention is key. At the law offices of Magnuson Lowell, PS, our experienced team of professional litigators are ready to help you navigate the complicated insurance claims processes. Call today for a free case evaluation!