Signs of a concussion are sometimes subtle. It’s important, especially after a car accident, to monitor yourself or family members for any or all of the symptoms outlined in this short article. Signs of a concussion sometimes show up hours or even days after an accident or injury to the head. Certainly, a medical expert’s opinion will help you confirm or dispel your concerns surrounding concussions.
More Obvious Signs Of A Concussion
Loss of Consciousness—Loss of consciousness can occur for a few seconds or can go on for a few minutes. Any loss of consciousness associated with a car accident should put you on high alert that you may have suffered a concussion.
Speech Issues—If you are slurring speech or having trouble ‘finding the right words’, it could be because you are shaken up on the heels of an accident. However, if this symptom continues, it could be the sign of a concussion. Individuals who have trouble answering basic questions should be concerned.
Dizziness—Feeling a sense of imbalance or vertigo could be a sign of concussion. Temporary dizziness may be experienced directly after an accident, as a result of raised adrenaline or another bodily response; however, if the condition continues without reason, it should give cause for concern.
Less Obvious Signs Of A Concussion
Headaches—Often we dismiss headaches as the result of allergies, hunger, or a lack of sleep. While this may be the case, consider keeping track of your headaches after a car accident. If you can’t trace them back to specific circumstances, you could be feeling the after-effects of a concussion.
Nausea—Along the lines of headaches, nausea is a less obvious sign of a concussion. When considered together with other symptoms on this list, your nausea should be taken seriously especially if on the heels of a car accident or slip and fall injury.
Inability To Sleep—Many people experience an inability to sleep, or insomnia. This makes it difficult to isolate this symptom of concussions. Much like the other less obvious symptoms in this list, an inability to sleep should be taken into consideration together with all other symptoms.
See A Doctor After A Car Accident
Many times, our car accidents seem minor. There doesn’t appear to be much physical damage to either vehicle. Physically we feel adrenaline, but we don’t feel ‘hurt.’ For a lot of individuals, that means they decide to move forward and continue with their day. Often, the symptoms from injuries sustained as a result of the accident come on a day or two after the car accident.
Any time you’re in a car accident, it makes sense to see a medical professional. If you’re able to transport yourself safely to the hospital or Urgent Care, we encourage you to do so. If you feel as though you need an ambulance, request one from a responder on the site.
Signs Of A Concussion In Children
While many of the same symptoms for concussion occur in children, an article posted on healthline.com specifically addresses symptoms in children.
Medical Payments Insurance Coverage
This is a good time to review whether you have Medical Payments coverage with your auto insurance policy. In the event you’re in an accident—regardless of whether it’s your fault—Medical Payments coverage will cover some or all of your medical expenses associated with the accident. Medical Payments coverage is inexpensive on an annual basis, and priceless when you’re in an accident and need medical care.
Talk To A Personal Injury Lawyer
If you’ve been in a car accident, you should take steps to protect yourself both physically and legally. Call our office to speak with a personal injury attorney. Consultations are free and can be done over the phone. We can be reached at 704.749.7747 or you can click HERE to quickly request a phone call from us. We’re happy to help, and we hope you choose to Recover With Us.