Like in every state, thousands of cars commute through highways and roadways in Arkansas which, of course, increases the chances of car accidents. There are a wide variety of physical injuries that result from even the most basic car accident. One rather serious injury that is a frequent result of car accidents is the concussion. But, did you know that you can suffer a concussion without receiving a direct blow to your head? Our Rogers car accident lawyers are experienced in handling cases involving concussion injuries.
What is the definition of a concussion?
A concussion is basically a traumatic brain injury or TBI, which can be either mild or severe. As the CDC defines it, a traumatic brain injury is “caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain.” Believe it or not, these injuries are responsible for a number of fatalities and disability cases across the country, including those our Rogers car accident lawyers handle. In fact, the CDC has reported that nearly 200 people die from injuries related to traumatic brain injuries each day in the United States.
Recognizing the symptoms of a concussion following a car accident
Some of the most common symptoms of a concussion include confusion, dizziness, slow or slurred speech, severe headaches, lack of coordination, difficulty thinking clearly and, in more serious cases, convulsions or seizures. The symptoms of a concussion can appear immediately following the car accident, within a short time after the accident, or a long time after. That is why it is important to always seek medical attention after a car accident, even if you do not believe you have been seriously hurt. That way, you could decrease the risk of complications from not being diagnosed quickly. Some people who suffer concussions during an accident will experience mild or severe effects requiring continual medical attention and often medication. Some people could suffer effects for the rest of their lives.
Is it possible to suffer a concussion if you didn’t hit your head
Something that may not be common knowledge is the fact that you can suffer a brain injury even without being struck directly on your head. For example, whiplash is a very common neck injury that occurs during car accidents. It occurs when you experience a sudden back and forth movement of your neck, particularly common in high-speed, rear-end collision. This type of head movement can cause the brain to hit the interior of the skull resulting in a concussion or other injuries to brain tissue.
What to do if you suspect you may have suffered a concussion
Again, as our Rogers car accident lawyers recommend, the first thing you should do after being involved in a car accident is to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Being examined by a physician will help to ensure an early diagnosis. Then, your physician can choose the best course of treatment for you.
Be careful and take care of yourself following a concussion
The CDC has a few recommendations for patients diagnosed with a concussion. Some of those recommendations include getting plenty of rest and avoiding activities that are physically demanding. It is also wise to limit activities that require a great deal of concentration and completely avoid sports that involve physical contact so as not to sustain another head injury.
Se sure to consult with your treating physician about your prescription medication and ask when you should be able to drive. The recovery process can be challenging, but if you seek prompt medical attention and follow your physician’s instructions for the best course of action, you will have a better chance of a quick and successful recovery.
Rogers car accident lawyers can handle your personal injury claim
If you have been involved in a car accident and suffered a concussion or other traumatic brain injury, then you may have a personal injury claim and our experienced Rogers car accident lawyers can help. Though your recovery time and improvement will certainly depend on how severe your injury was, you will still endure pain and suffering, possibly lost time at work and a loss of time with your family or doing the things you normally do. You will also incur medical expenses that need to be reimbursed. Let us help you recover what you are entitled.
If you have questions regarding concussion and car accidents or any other personal injury matters in Arkansas or Missouri, please contact the Cottrell Law Office for a free consultation. You can contact us either online or by calling us toll-free at 800-364-8305.