The first thing one thinks of when it comes to concussions is sports injuries. The truth is that concussions are one of the most common injuries suffered in an automobile accident. Like most brain injuries, concussions are a serious injury and can cause long-lasting health issues. Confusion, memory loss, vomiting and nausea are just a few of the immediate effects caused by a concussion. Post-concussion syndrome, on the other hand, may lead to prolonged absence from work and additional health problems in the future.
Causes of Concussions
Concussions are the result of the brain suddenly striking the inside of the skull and can happen for a variety of reasons. In the context of an automobile accident, serious concussions often occur when a person’s head strikes the steering wheel or the dashboard of the car. Mild concussions, however, can result from the head simply being jerked about violently even in a relatively low speed impact. Since the human brain actually floats in cerebrospinal fluid and is in no way connected directly to the skull, all that protects it from damage is a series of membranes thinner than 100 microns. Considering there are over 25,000 microns in a single inch, this membrane does not provide much insulation.
Concussion symptoms may be difficult for someone who isn’t medically trained to detect. Symptoms of a possible concussion are headaches, pressure in the brain, loss of consciousness, confusion, nausea, exhaustion, and amnesia regarding the collision. If you believe you have suffered a concussion after a car accident, seek medical assistance immediately.
It is a common misnomer that concussions heal within days of an accident. According to the Mayo Clinic, Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) is “a complex disorder in which various symptoms — such as headaches and dizziness — last for weeks and sometimes months after the injury that caused the concussion.” Most people experience PCS symptoms from a week following the injury up to nearly three months afterward. Some people might even see their symptoms continue for upwards to a year.
Unfortunately, the only real treatment for PCS is rest. The Mayo Clinic suggests that symptoms such as headaches and depression should be treated as they usually would. Anti-depressants and pain relievers may help alleviate persistent headaches and mood swings. Recent studies have shown that cutting back on studies, electronic devices, reading, and other mentally strenuous activities may reduce recovery time by half. If you suspect you may have Post-Concussion Syndrome do not hesitate to contact a healthcare physician immediately.
Building a Legal Claim
If you’ve been involved in an automobile accident and believe you may have suffered a concussion call The Advocates today. Our lawyers have decades of experience building pain and suffering cases, as well as cases involving lost wages. Even a minor fender-bender can negatively impact your health for months, if not years afterward. Call The Advocates today to begin your road to recovery.