A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that occurs when soft brain tissue strikes the hard skull. A blow to the head or violent shaking of the head, often experienced in a car accident, can cause a concussion, and symptoms can appear immediately or later. Symptoms vary depending on the severity of the concussion but commonly include the following:
- Blurry vision and difficulty focusing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Ringing in the ears
- Slurred speech
A concussion may also result in cognitive problems as the brain tries to recover from injury, such as:
- Brain fog or confusion
- Delayed speech response
- Difficulty concentrating or thinking normally
- Memory problems and forgetfulness
- Mood changes and aggressive feelings or irritability
Those who suffer a concussion after a car accident may also experience sensitivity to light and noise, changes to their sense of taste and smell, depression, and trouble sleeping.
Concussion symptoms can be delayed for weeks or months, lasting for a few days, lingering for weeks, or even longer. Symptoms that remain for longer than a month are known as post-concussion syndrome (PCS).
How Are Car Accident-Related Concussions Diagnosed and Treated?
Because concussion symptoms may not appear immediately, seeing a medical professional if you are involved in a car accident is vital, even if you think you feel fine. Tell your doctor if you hit your head, experienced violent braking, or lost consciousness at any point. Remember that it is not necessary to have suffered a blow to the head to have a concussion. There may be no outward signs such as bruising or broken skin. Your doctor can order a brain scan to check for any signs of injury. Concussions can also be diagnosed through memory tests and other checks of physical function.
Treatment of concussions involves resting the brain as much as possible. This often means not using computers or other devices with screens or even reading and other activities that worsen symptoms. Sleeping and napping can usually help recovery. Over-the-counter medications can help control pain symptoms. Swelling in the affected area can be treated with a cold compress or ice pack. Always consult a doctor on what medications you should take for a concussion.
The doctor may tell you to avoid strenuous physical activity and sports while you get better. Depending on your occupation, you may not be able to go back to work until your symptoms subside, as you may have difficulty concentrating or using a computer.
A Mount Laurel Car Accident Lawyer at the Law Office of David S. Rochman Can Help You if You Have a Traumatic Brain Injury
Long-term concussion symptoms can seriously affect your quality of life and ability to earn a living. If you have suffered a concussion or another type of traumatic brain injury in an accident, speak with an experienced Mount Laurel car accident lawyer at the Law Office of David S. Rochman. Call us at 856-751-2345 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Located in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, we serve clients in Burlington County and throughout the surrounding areas.