While a concussion is a milder version of a traumatic brain injury, it still must be taken seriously. This is because an untreated concussion may lead to permanent brain damage. It may also leave you more susceptible to subsequent concussions, which may be exacerbated in intensity and duration. Continue reading to learn the common signs and symptoms of a concussion and how an experienced Toronto car accident lawyer at Merricks Law Group, P.A. can help you recuperate from this serious injury.
Why is a concussion a common injury after a car accident?
First things first, you may incur a concussion if you experience a forceful blow to the head. That is, such a blow may cause your brain to be violently shaken and forced into contact with your skull, subsequently leading to this brain injury.
With this reasoning in mind, it is common for a concussion to be the resulting injury from a car accident. For example, your accident may have involved another vehicle unexpectedly rear-ending yours, without allowing you to anticipately brace for it. This may have caused your head to aggressively strike the steering wheel or airbag that was set off.
In another example, if you had to unexpectedly hit the brakes in reaction to an imminent accident, you may have slammed your head against your headrest. Or, if you had to drastically swerve out of the way to avoid a potential accident, you may have hit your head against the window.
What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion after a car accident?
Regardless of how you might have hit your head during your car accident, you must get it examined by a trusted medical professional. More specifically, this involves calling an ambulance to the scene of your accident and allowing first responders to transport you to the emergency room for necessary testing.
Also, these steps should be taken regardless of whether you experience head pain immediately after your accident. Of note, the effects of a concussion may take days, weeks, or even months to surface. Without further ado, it is in your best interest to also take it upon yourself to look out for the following signs and symptoms of a concussion:
- You are experiencing chronic headaches.
- You are experiencing chronic nausea or vomiting.
- You are experiencing lightheadedness or dizziness upon standing.
- You are experiencing difficulty concentrating on performing simple tasks.
- You are experiencing amnesia, including forgetting the car accident event itself.
- You begin slurring your speech.
- You begin having blurred vision.
- You begin having trouble with sleeping.
Without a doubt, your next step must be to employ a skilled Toronto auto accident lawyer. So please reach out to us at Merricks Law Group, P.A. immediately.