What to Do if You Think You Have Suffered a Concussion in an Auto Accident

Caring for the Injured

Whether you were injured in a car accident, crossing the street or any other activity, it’s important that you be evaluated  for signs of concussion and seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Because a concussion is a form of a traumatic brain injury, you can’t be too careful when it comes to being checked out by a medical professional.

Signs of Concussion in Adults

The signs and symptoms of concussions after an auto accident are numerous. However, you need to watch yourself closely for about three weeks after a suspected concussion for any of the following symptoms:

  • Mild or moderate headaches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Mood changes, such as sadness, irritability or restlessness
  • Difficulty remembering things
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty thinking and focusing
  • Drowsiness, loss of balance or dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears

If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself, seek medical attention right away. As always, if you lost consciousness after a fall or a bump on the head, or if you had a seizure, don’t wait – head to the nearest emergency room immediately.

Why Concussions Occur After an Auto Accident

Any time the body is jarred enough for the brain to hit the inside of the skull, you’re at risk for a concussion.  Sudden stops, car accidents, pedestrian and motorcycle accidents can result in a concussion.

Treatment for Concussions After an Auto Accident

In mild cases, no special medical intervention is required. Often, a doctor will advise you to take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin). Severe cases may require you to be admitted to the hospital for observation and emergency treatment.

In conclusion, if you have suffered a concussion and someone else was at fault; you can file claim against the at fault party and their insurance will discuss the potential of your claim.


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