Signs You Suffered a Concussion in a Car Accident
Concussions are difficult to diagnose, although they can significantly impair a person’s ability to function day to day. Many people struggle with concussion for months, if not years, and cannot return to work, which costs them a considerable amount of money.
Below, our Indianapolis car accident lawyers identify key symptoms. Go to a doctor if you suspect that you have suffered a brain injury and then contact a member of our team to discuss legal options. Concussions have a reputation for being “minor” injuries, but they are anything but.
Loss of Consciousness—Possible
Many people who suffer a concussion black out for a few seconds or minutes. However, it is critical to acknowledge that you do not have to black out. Many people suffer concussions even if they never lose consciousness, so don’t let this fact determine whether you seek medical assistance.
One of the tell-tale symptoms is a loss of memory after a blow to the head or body. Your short-term memory will be affected, which can impair your ability to remember appointments or what was just said in a conversation.
A concussion can damage the parts of the brain that control speech. You might have difficulty forming words, even if you are thinking clearly in your mind. Definitely go to a doctor if you find you cannot talk normally after a crash.
Loss of Balance and/or Coordination
People who have suffered concussions struggle with standing upright or walking. They might also feel weakness or numbness in their limbs. These symptoms can be very scary. Some people assume they are having a stroke when, in fact, they have a concussion.
Many people with brain injuries report intense headaches that do not easily subside. For some people, a headache is the first sign that something is wrong. Headaches can develop one or more days after the accident and are not necessarily immediate. If your headache is especially intense, you could also be suffering from a brain hemorrhage, which could require immediate surgery.
Blurred Vision & Impaired Senses
Having blurred or “double vision” is a key symptom. Often, this problem arises along with ringing in the ears and sensitivity to light or sound.
Someone with a concussion might sleep too much or too little. If problems persist, you could have suffered a concussion.
A little known concussion symptom is a change in mood or personality. Many people can feel anxious or depressed following the accident. Others experience intense irritability and anger. Being unable to cope with the demands of daily life, including school or family responsibilities, is another common symptom.
Of course, physical injuries can also affect one’s mood. If you broke a leg or hurt your back, then it is normal to feel some degree of emotional distress. However, when coupled with other symptoms like those above, mood changes can signal that you have suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Seek Treatment & Call Us
The lawyers at Keffer Hirschauer LLP encourage all car accident victims to see a doctor following an accident and to keep close tabs on how they are feeling. Also remember to get the legal help you need. Negotiating a fair settlement takes time and legal knowledge, and our team will gladly help you if you contact us today for a complimentary case evaluation.