Understanding When a Car Accident Gives You a Concussion
A concussion, as you probably already know, is a mild brain injury where you suffer a blow to the head. It usually causes symptoms like confusion, dizziness, and other symptoms relating to your cognitive function. There are many types of concussions, ranging from the most minor of temporary amnesia, to the most serious loss of consciousness and amnesia lasting a few days. There are some signs that you should know if you have been involved in a car accident so you can seek necessary medical treatment.
Signs of a Concussion in an Accident
- Losing consciousness is one of the surefire signs of a concussion in an accident. Most often, this happens as a result of striking your head against the windshield, steering wheel, or another object. If you even lost consciousness for a few seconds, you have suffered trauma.
- If you feel nauseous, dizzy, or feel sensitive to light, you may have suffered a concussion even if you did not pass out.
- If you have experienced mood changes, such as being irritable or appearing anxious for no reason, you may have experienced a concussion.
- A concussion can also cause headaches or seizures that do not go away or cause other significant issues.
What Damages May be Available to You
If you have been cleared by a medical physician and it is decided that you did indeed suffer a concussion, you have options to recover. You may receive two types of damages in these cases, ranging from special to general damages. Special damages relate to economic losses attributed to the accident such as medical expenses and lost wages, while general damages cover non-economic losses like pain and suffering or loss of companionship from the injuries you have sustained.
The best thing that you can do after a car accident is seek medical treatment, as your life may be on the line and you may need the evidence months down the road when you are working on settlement. If you have sustained a concussion due to a car accident, call us today to speak about your personal injury. At Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, we care about you and your case.