The violent force of an impact from a car crash can easily cause you to hit your head resulting often in a closed head injury called a concussion. A concussion is considered the most common type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and caused by blunt force to the head.
One of the biggest myths is the belief that one must lose consciousness to have suffered a concussion. This is simply not true.
According to WebMD, there are three grades of concussions. For a grade 1 mild concussion and grade 2 moderate concussion, you would not experience any loss of consciousness at all but could experience the feeling of being dazed. The primary difference would be in grade 1 the symptoms would last less than 15 minutes and for a grade 2 for more than 15 minutes. For a grade 3 severe concussion, you would experience a "black out" so to speak following the injury.
Although concussions are generally not life-threatening, you should seek medical attention as serious complications can occur and to rule out a more severe head injury. If left untreated, traumatic brain injuries can lead to debilitating disorders such as memory loss, lack of problem solving skills, difficulty handling emotions, and possibly a decline in job performance and/or occupational skills.
What is tricky about concussions is that a person may appear normal and the onset of symptoms can be delayed hours or even days after the actual injury.
Symptoms of a concussion to look for include, but are not limited to:
Any loss of consciousness or the feeling of being dazed
Nausea or Vomiting
Confusion and/or asking the same questions repeatedly
Not remembering the accident or amnesia
Dizziness and appears clumsy
Ringing in ears
Sensitivity to light or noise
Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury following a car accident can be disruptive by preventing you from enjoying normal life and even losing time from work. If you have suffered a TBI in an automobile accident due to the negligence of another driver, it is important to seek representation from a reputable personal injury attorney to help you recover damages for your injuries and lost wages.