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Concussion after a Car Accident: Signs and Symptoms

By Tom Kiley on July 7, 2011 - Comments off

A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury that is usually caused by a blow to the head. Concussions are often the result of a sports injury or a motor vehicle accident.

Although in the past concussions were mostly ignored, keep in mind that even a minor concussion can temporarily damage certain brain functions connected with memory, reflex control, speech, balance, and coordination.

Fortunately, most concussions tend to be mild and end with a full recovery. 

Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion

Concussion symptoms may either appear right after the accident or later on, sometimes lasting days, weeks, or years.

If you have been in a car accident, it is very important to get immediate medical attention, especially in the case of a head injury, however small.

The most common symptoms of a concussion are:

  • confusion
  • loss of memory
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • ringing in the ears
  • nausea or vomiting
  • slurred speech
  • fatigue
  • loss of consicousness

After the initial set of symptoms, there are also symptoms that appear days or weeks after the accident, such as:

  • irritability
  • problems with concentration
  • sensitivity to light and noise
  • trouble sleeping
  • depression

Medical Treatment

Most concussions will heal on their own. However, some serious concussions can lead to more severe brain injuries if they are left untreated, or not treated promptly and correctly.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should immediately see your doctor:

  • Prolonged headache or dizziness
  • Dilated pupils, pupils of unequal sizes, or other eye disturbances
  • Extended memory Loss
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems
  • Loss of senses such as taste or small

If you have been injured in a Massachusetts car accident and have suffered a concussion as a result of another person’s negligence, you should consult with a Boston personal injury attorney who can help you determine if you should take legal action.

The Kiley Law Group, a personal injury law firm based in Boston, Massachusetts, has been representing brain injury victims for over 30 years and has secured million-dollar settlements for our clients in a variety of brain injury cases.

Call now for a FREE evaluation of your case: 1-800-410-2769.

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