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How to Tell if You Have a Concussion After a Car Crash

How to Tell if You Have a Concussion After a Car Crash

Being in a car accident is always stressful. If you were recently in a crash, you’re likely fighting with insurance companies and trying to get compensation for property damage, as well as any injuries. If you’re also feeling under the weather, you may be wondering if you sustained a more serious injury. It’s always best to seek medical attention and have them rule out any possible injuries. Concussions are a common occurrence in car accidents, and the symptoms could take hours or days to fully manifest. Sometimes, the force of hitting the airbag can lead to a mild concussion. Here are some signs and symptoms that may require medical attention following a car accident.
 

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is the most common form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). It’s a relatively mild form of injury, but it still requires careful medical attention. Concussions typically result from a blow to the head that results in a range of symptoms, from mental confusion to dizziness and headache. Our brains are suspended in our skull surrounded by cerebrospinal fluid, and a concussion is the result of the brain hitting the side of the skull, which can cause a range of ill effects.
 
There are three main types of concussions:
 

  • Grade 1 concussions do not involve a loss of consciousness, but can cause temporary amnesia
  • Grade 2 concussions cause a loss of consciousness lasting from 30 minutes to 24 hours
  • Grade 3 concussions involve both loss of consciousness and amnesia.

 
Many car accident victims suffer minor concussions and make a full recovery within a week or so. However, more severe concussions may require more extensive treatment and recovery.
 

Possible Symptoms of Concussions

Everyone experiences a concussion differently. Some people may only have one or two symptoms, while others have several. If any of the following apply, seek immediate medical attention:
 

  1. You lose consciousness, even if only for a few seconds
  2. You experience light sensitivity
  3. You’re experiencing nausea or vomiting
  4. You’re dizzy
  5. You’re having trouble concentrating on tasks or cannot remember details of the accident
  6. You have ringing in your ears
  7. You’re having inexplicable changes in mood. For example, people with concussions may experience emotional outbursts, aggression or anxiety
  8. You have a severe headache that does not go away with painkillers
  9. You experience difficulty with balance or motor coordination
  10. You have a seizure. This is often a sign of a serious concussion.

 
If you’ve been in a car accident and experience any of these symptoms, it’s essential to seek medical care. Concussions usually resolve on their own, but you will likely have restrictions that allow your brain to heal. Examples include no TV, eye strain, reading, or physical activity.
 
Whatever you do, don’t ignore the signs of a concussion. This could cause further damage to your brain and might even lead to more severe consequences. Seek medical care and follow all your doctor’s orders. When given the time and adequate rest, your body will heal the injury on its own.

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