Brain Injury/Concussion After A Car Accident
Many people suffer headaches after car accidents. Some are due to stress or general soreness after an impact. Many, however, are signs of something more serious. Even a mild headache can be a symptom of a concussion or another, more severe brain injury.
Not all head or brain injuries are visible and some occur without direct impact to the head. The only way to know what you are dealing with for sure is to have a doctor evaluate you. For this reason, we recommend that everyone seek medical care immediately following an accident. Not only does this offer you the best chance at a quick and full recovery, it also provides the necessary documentation of your injuries if you decide to file a claim for compensation against the at-fault driver later.
What Is A Concussion And How Does It Occur In A Car Accident?
A concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) that occurs when the brain shakes inside the skull. This can occur if the head hits a surface inside the car (e.g., the window, steering wheel) or when the force of impact throws the head forward and back.
Many people link concussions with “getting knocked out,” but a loss of consciousness does not always occur with a concussion. Concussions may be severe or minor, and their effects vary widely depending on their severity. Some people never lose consciousness, and many do not even realize they hit their head. In some cases, a concussion can occur with no impact to the head whatsoever.
What Other Injuries May Cause Headaches?
Other injuries can also lead to headaches, with or without a loss of consciousness. Some of these injuries are serious and require immediate medical care.
More severe TBIs may also occur in a car accident and lead to dire consequences if not treated right away. If the brain bleeds or swells after an impact, the pressure inside the skull will increase. This causes a gradual progression of symptoms that can lead to lasting disability or even death.
Another serious complication of bleeding in the brain is blood clots caused by ruptured blood vessels. Many TBIs that cause bleeding require surgery to remove blood clots and/or to relieve the building pressure on the brain.
A headache after a crash may also indicate injuries elsewhere in the body. Headaches can occur with whiplash and other soft tissue injuries to the neck. In some cases, the force from an accident can cause both whiplash and a concussion.
What Are The Symptoms I Should Watch For After A Cincinnati Car Crash?
In some cases, headaches are the only noticeable symptom of a concussion or other brain injury after an accident. Other signs of a concussion are often more difficult to spot, especially if you are the one experiencing them. They might include:
- Slowed reaction time
- Trouble concentrating
- Confusion or problems with comprehension
- Inability to remember the accident
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Mood swings
What Should I Do If I Have Signs Of A Concussion Or Other Brain Injury After A Crash?
We encourage all car accident victims to see a doctor as soon as possible after a crash. In many cases, injuries occur and accident victims might not even know. This allows the injury to worsen and makes linking your injury to the accident more difficult.
If you did not see a doctor after a crash and are experiencing signs of a concussion or other brain injury hours or days later, it is not too late to see a doctor. Visit the local emergency room or make an appointment with your primary care physician as soon as possible. We will demand the at-fault driver’s insurance company pay for your treatment, so do not let money be a factor in skipping the care you need.
The doctor will most likely run a few scans to determine the cause of your symptoms and severity of your injury. Some people require hospitalization, surgery or other intensive treatment. Many, however, can return home the same day.
It is important to note that the severity of the injury and its symptoms are not always related to the time it takes to recover. Some people with severe symptoms and a serious concussion are back to normal in seven to 10 days. Others who have a seemingly minor concussion may still feel dizzy and disoriented several weeks later. Some car accident victims who suffer TBIs never fully recover.
How Can Levy Law Offices Help Me Get The Compensation I Need?
If your accident and injuries occurred because of another driver’s negligence, we can file an injury claim with the other driver’s liability insurance policy. This will give us access to compensation for your medical care, lost wages, ongoing care costs and other losses.
Our car accident attorneys at Levy Law Offices have more than 30 years of experience representing Cincinnati car accident victims, and we understand the importance of financial recovery in helping you get back to normal after a crash.
Call us today at 513-655-5089 to schedule a time to discuss your case with one of our skilled lawyers. We can also be reached via email to schedule your free consultation. Our attorneys are available 24/7. If you are unable to come to us, we will come to you. Se habla español.