Any time you are involved in an automobile accident, you are at risk for a number of injuries.  A percentage of all injuries will be visible immediately after the accident, others will not be immediately apparent.  Injuries falling into this category can include concussions, and post-concussion syndrome.  If you or someone you know or love has suffered from a concussion or post-concussion syndrome after an automobile accident, there are a few things that you will need to understand.

A concussion is a type traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can be attributed to a blow to the head or body, a fall, or an injury that forcefully shakes the brain.  While it is possible that the accident will cause bruises and cuts to the head and face, there is no guarantee that the victim will lose consciousness.  Even if the injured party remains conscious, both obvious and obscure symptoms will begin to manifest if a concussion has been suffered.  Symptoms fall into four main categories:

Problems thinking and remembering

  • Confusion
  • Failure to think clearly
  • Delayed response to questions

Physical

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness

Mood

  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiousness

Sleep

  • Sleeping disturbances

The symptoms of post-concussion syndrome after an accident are different from the symptoms of a concussion after an automobile accident.  Post-concussion syndrome is a whole set of similar symptoms that may possibly affect a person for a period of three months to one year after the concussion.  Symptoms of post-concussion syndrome include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of concentration
  • Sensitivity to light and sound

It is important to see a doctor if you experience a head injury that causes confusion or amnesia, even if there was not a loss of consciousness.  If you or your child is in a situation where loss of consciousness occurs while playing a sport, do not risk further injury by going back into the game.

If you or a loved one has been suffering from any of the symptoms listed above, then it may be time to seek professional help.   Please call 844- HUNTER-LAW to discuss your potential claim.