Concussion Signs After A Car Accident
When you think concussion, your first thought may be a football injury. However, twenty percent of traumatic brain injuries are caused by football and other contact-related sports. Car accidents are actually responsible for twenty-eight percent of traumatic brain injuries.
This should not come as a surprise given that millions of car accidents occur on our country’s roadways each and every year. In 2016, there were 273,473 car accidents in New Jersey alone. That said, car accident victims don’t often know they may have sustained a concussion, especially since concussion symptoms aren’t always immediately noticeable. That is why it is crucial to get medical attention after a car accident.
Concussion Grades and Symptoms
If you are diagnosed with a concussion after a car accident, it may fall under three different grades:
- Grade 1 Concussion: If you have this type of concussion, you will have not lost consciousness during the accident. However, you may have temporary amnesia for less than thirty minutes.
- Grade 2 Concussion: If you have this type of concussion, you will have lost consciousness during the accident. You may also suffer from the effects of amnesia for thirty minutes to twenty-four hours.
- Grade 3 Concussion: If you have this type of concussion, you will have lost consciousness that lasted longer than five minutes. You may also suffer from the effects of amnesia for more than twenty-four hours.
Car accidents victims usually make a full recovery, but sometimes that’s not always the case. If you do not seek medical attention, make sure you are aware of certain concussion symptoms. These symptoms can vary and are not always directly related to a concussion.
One of the most common signs of a concussion is the loss of consciousness. This typically occurs when a car accident victim’s head strikes the windshield, steering wheel, or another object. Brain trauma still occurred even if you lost consciousness for a couple of seconds.
Amnesia is also a very common occurrence for victims. A concussed person may not realize they have amnesia until they cannot recall events or other memories days after the incident.
Other concussion symptoms can include:
- A mix of nausea, dizziness, sensitivity to light, and vomiting. In fact, these symptoms on their own are concussion indicators;
- Seeing stars or hearing a ringing sound after hitting their head;
- Mood swings;
- A lack of sleep;
- And, in extreme cases, seizures.
Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone Today
If you suffered a concussion following an auto accident in New Jersey, you are going to want an attorney on your side to make sure the person who caused your accident is held accountable. At the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, that is exactly what we will do.
The experienced Attorney Anthony Carbone has been fighting for car accidents victims for years, and he will fight for you. Contact us today for a free evaluation of your case.