It may surprise you to know that most concussions occur without a loss of consciousness. While fainting, blacking out, or any other loss of consciousness can make the effects of a concussion more deadly, any trauma to the head has the potential to cause a concussion.
What Is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of brain injury that can stop or change the normal functions of the brain. Many concussions are caused by a sudden blow to the head, but can also be caused when there is no contact to the head; instead, forces that throw the head backward and forward or twist the neck cause trauma to the brain. Car accidents are a leading cause of concussions, and can cause mild, moderate, or even severe brain injury.
After a car accident, each passenger should be wary of any of the following symptoms:
- Headaches (especially head pain that gets progressively worse)
- Irregular pupil dilation
- Neck pain
- Slurred speech
- Drowsiness or sleeping more than usual
- Balance problems or dizziness
- Inability to answer simple questions
- Weakness or tingling in the arms or legs
- Trouble recognizing familiar people or objects
- Behavior changes, such as irritability, confusion, or bursts of anger
- Memory loss or trouble concentrating
- Increased light or sound sensitivity
If you are experiencing any of the above, you should see your doctor right away. You may need a CT scan, MRI, or other diagnostic test to confirm the diagnosis and start proper treatment. Patients may experience an increase in their symptoms under strain of certain activities, such running or climbing stairs, or engaging in mental tasks like reading or doing math.
Many car accident victims will take months or even years to recover from brain trauma, and will be forced to cope with their symptoms in addition to their other injuries. Call us today at (888) 348-2616 to find out if someone could be held liable for your suffering.