Concussions are one of the most common car accident injuries.
However, the symptoms of a concussion may not be immediately apparent after the accident, making it challenging for victims to understand the full extent of their injuries.
At the same time, untreated head injuries may worsen over time, resulting in significant and long-lasting limitations.
What Is a Concussion?
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury resulting from a bump or blow to the head, causing the brain to collide with the inside of the skull.
A concussion can not only cause immediate symptoms but may also result in chemical changes to the brain, which may not be immediately apparent.
Concussion Signs After an Accident
Determining whether you have a concussion after an accident can be difficult because the signs often do not appear immediately.
Additionally, some of the symptoms of a concussion may not seem serious at first, leading accident victims to believe that they are just experiencing the expected after-effects of being involved in a serious accident.
However, if left untreated, concussions can worsen over time.
Some of the symptoms of a concussion after a car accident include:
- Feeling pressure inside the head,
- Feeling off balance,
- Moving more slowly than usual,
- Memory difficulties,
- Loss of consciousness, and
- Feeling down or depressed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that anyone who experiences one or more of these concussion symptoms should visit the nearest emergency room as soon as possible.
Once at the hospital, to the extent possible, inform the nurse or attending physician of the following:
- Whether you have experienced a concussion in the past;
- The circumstances leading up to the accident (if your memory allows);
- Whether you suffered any seizures after the accident; and
- Whether you lost consciousness, even for a brief time.
Passing this information along to healthcare professionals is critical to obtaining the proper medical care after a concussion due to a car accident.
The information provided on this page speaks in general terms. Of course, there are often exceptions that apply in certain situations.
For a complete list of all exceptions, please consult the Consolidated Laws of New York. Attorney Ted Naima is also happy to answer any questions you have about your injuries or your ability to pursue a claim against the responsible party.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Knowledgeable New York Car Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one is exhibiting concussion signs after a car accident, the Law Offices of Theodore A. Naima can help you understand your rights and effectively pursue a claim for financial compensation against the at-fault party.
He will tirelessly work to secure a full and fair compensation award for you while making the recovery process as easy as possible for you and your family.
To learn more and to schedule a free consultation, call 516-980-3096 today. You can also reach us through our online contact form.