An automobile accident can be among the most traumatizing events of your life. Your instincts will tell you to separate yourself from the situation as soon as possible. When your adrenaline is pumping your pain receptors are dulled to maximize your fight or flight response, but this instinct can lead to the worsening of any injuries you may have suffered.
One common injury resulting from automobile accidents, a concussion, may not be readily noticed. A concussion occurs when your brain collides with the inside of your skull, either from blunt force trauma or an extreme acceleration/deceleration injury, which is commonly referred to as whiplash.
Signs of a Concussion
Many people report headaches and light sensitivity, but these symptoms are more prevalent during the healing process. Right after an accident you might feel confused or drowsy, and you may have trouble remembering things and you might experience double or blurred vision.
One of the most common signs of a concussion is nausea, either with or without vomiting, which can occur due to headache, compromised balance, or changes in visual perception, any of which can result from a traumatic brain injury such as a concussion. You may also struggle to maintain your balance, so you might find it difficult to stand.
If you are clear-headed following an auto accident and there are others who were involved who are not being tended to, it is a good idea to see how they are doing. However, if you do not have medical training and there do not appear to be life-threatening injuries, it may be best to merely provide concise information to emergency responders. For example, it may be best to state that that someone is exhibiting slurred speech or having trouble maintaining their balance rather than saying they appear intoxicated.
It may take some time for signs and symptoms of a concussion to develop. Even seemingly minor brain trauma can have lasting effects such as chronic headaches, a reduced ability to concentrate, memory problems, fatigue, and personality changes are some of the more common long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury such as a concussion. If you believe you have suffered traumatic brain injury you should seek medical attention without delay.
Contact Eglet Prince
If you believe you have suffered a concussion or other injury as a result of an automobile accident or other incident for which someone else may be responsible, be sure to call Eglet Prince for a free consultation. A traumatic brain injury can make a difficult situation – dealing with insurance companies and doctors following an injury – even more difficult, but you don’t have to go it alone. We have been fighting for victims of injuries for years and would be honored to fight for you. Remember to check for signs of a concussion after a car accident and give us a call for the best legal help in Nevada.