Not all people that suffer head injuries in a car accident realize they are injured and, consequently, do not seek medical attention following a crash. While some who suffer a concussion may report immediate symptoms of dizziness, fatigue, headaches, memory loss or light and sound sensitivity, many more do not realize the full extent of their injuries until days, weeks or months have passed. If you or a family member is involved in a car accident resulting in any kind of head trauma, it is important to be medically evaluated for a concussion, aka mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).
Concussions and other closed head injuries are common in car accidents. While concussion symptoms may resolve within couple of weeks following an accident, many may suffer post-concussion syndrome, PCS, where symptoms persist for months or even years after an injury. Symptoms of Persistent Post-Concussive Syndrome to watch out for may include:
Irritability or other changes in behavior
Anxiety or new feelings of depression
Insomnia or poor sleep
Loss of concentration and memory
Ringing in the ears aka tinnitus
Blurry vision or the presence of spots or floaters in vision
Noise and light sensitivity
Decrease in taste and smell
Other unusual symptoms following the TBI incident
Because a closed head injury can result in long lasting consequences, often impacting all aspects of a sufferer’s life including the ability to work, it is important to discuss your circumstances with an experienced brain injury attorney who will seek maximum compensation for injuries resulting from a car accident. If you have been injured, contact the personal injury lawyers of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for immediate assistance today.