Car accidents can be traumatic events, and one of the most common injuries that can occur as a result is a concussion. The signs of a concussion after a car accident can be subtle, but it’s essential to be aware of them to quickly and adequately address the injury.
In this blog post, we will be discussing the different grades of concussions, the most common symptoms to look out for, and the appropriate actions to take if you suspect you or a loved one may have suffered a concussion.
The Grades of Concussions
Concussions are classified into three grades: mild, moderate, and severe.
A mild concussion is also known as a “Grade 1” concussion. The individual may experience headaches, dizziness, and confusion, but the symptoms usually resolve within 15 minutes to a few hours. The individual may also experience a temporary loss of consciousness, but it usually lasts for less than 20 minutes. This type of concussion is considered to be the least severe.
A moderate concussion, or “Grade 2” concussion, is characterized by symptoms that last longer than 15 minutes but less than 24 hours. In addition, the individual may experience symptoms such as loss of consciousness, amnesia, and confusion. The individual may also experience a temporary loss of consciousness that lasts between 20 minutes and 6 hours. This type of concussion is considered to be moderate in severity.
A severe concussion, or “Grade 3” concussion, is characterized by symptoms that last longer than 24 hours. In addition, the individual may experience symptoms such as loss of consciousness, amnesia, confusion, severe headaches, and nausea. The individual may also experience a temporary loss of consciousness that lasts more than 6 hours. This type of concussion is considered to be the most severe.
8 Signs of a Concussion After a Car Accident
Here are 8 signs that your car accident injury may have resulted in a concussion:
Loss of consciousness
Loss of consciousness can occur if the force of the accident causes the head to strike the windshield, steering wheel, or another object. It is an obvious sign that the brain has suffered trauma, but it is important to note that not all concussions involve loss of consciousness.
Nausea, dizziness, and light sensitivity
These symptoms could indicate a concussion even if the individual did not lose consciousness. They may also experience vomiting and not recall hitting their head. These symptoms are caused by brain injury and can make the person feel disoriented and uncomfortable.
Confusion and amnesia
Confusion and difficulty remembering things, such as the date or recent events, can be signs of a concussion. These symptoms can be caused by disrupting the brain’s normal functioning, making it hard for the person to focus and process information.
Seeing stars or ringing in the ears
These symptoms, which often follow a blow to the head, can indicate mild trauma. They are caused by injury to the brain’s auditory and visual pathways and can cause discomfort and disorientation.
Concussions can cause changes in mood, such as increased irritability, anxiety, or depression. The injury causes these symptoms to the brain’s emotional processing centers, which can affect the person’s ability to regulate emotions.
Disturbed sleep patterns
Concussions can cause changes in sleep patterns, such as difficulty falling asleep or sleeping more or less than normal. The injury causes these symptoms to the brain’s sleep-wake regulation centers, which can affect the person’s ability to achieve deep, restful sleep.
Persistent headaches, balance problems, and blurry vision
These symptoms can be caused by a concussion and can worsen over time. Headaches are caused by the injury to the brain and the inflammation that occurs as a result. The injury causes balance problems and blurry vision in the brain’s vestibular and visual centers, making it difficult for the person to maintain balance and focus their eyes.
In extreme cases, seizures may occur as a result of a concussion. Seizures are caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain and can cause a loss of consciousness, muscle contractions, and other symptoms. They are serious symptoms of a concussion and require immediate medical attention.
Car Accident Damages to Pursue
When pursuing a car accident concussion case, the following damages may be included in the legal claim:
Past and future medical expenses
This includes any medical expenses incurred due to the injury, such as hospital stays, doctor visits, medication, and therapy. It also consists of any future expenses required for ongoing medical treatment.
Loss of earning capacity
If the individual cannot return to work or can only work at a reduced capacity due to the injury, they may be able to claim lost wages and loss of future earning potential.
This includes expenses for any rehabilitation or therapy needed to assist with recoveries from the injury, such as physical or occupational therapy.
Pain and suffering
This includes compensation for any physical pain and discomfort suffered as a result of the injury.
This includes compensation for any emotional distress or mental anguish resulting from the injury, such as depression or anxiety.
Loss of consortium claim by a spouse
In some cases, the spouse of the individual who suffered a concussion may be able to claim loss of companionship and support as a result of the injury.
Contact RRBH Law Today for a Free Consultation
If you suspect signs of a concussion after a car accident, don’t hesitate to seek help. Contact RRBH Law, a Miami-based boutique law firm specializing in personal injury, vehicle accidents, and property insurance litigation. Our mission is to be the voice of ordinary citizens seeking justice against powerful interests.
We offer unparalleled personal attention to our clients. Call us today at (305) 800-4663 for a free consultation and take the first step in getting the compensation you deserve.