Concussion Awareness and Car Accident Risks
Bumps, blows, and sudden jolts to the head are common when car accidents in Bradenton happen. Unfortunately, even in seemingly minor crashes and collisions, these can cause concussions, one of the most potentially serious types of personal injuries. During the month of September, public safety advocates are raising awareness regarding concussion dangers. It is important for car accident victims to be aware of the warning signs of concussion and the impacts it could have on their future.
What Is A Concussion?
A concussion is a common type of head injury that results from any type of violent jolts or blows to the head. The Mayo Clinic advises that this can cause the brain itself to slide back and forth, hitting against the hard surface of the skull. Concussions are one of the most common types of traumatic brain injuries (TBI), with impacts that range from mild to severe.
Even a seemingly minor car accident could result in a concussion severe enough as to be life-threatening. Any time a head injury is suspected, it is important to seek medical care immediately. Symptoms of concussion are subtle and can take hours, days, or even weeks to appear. They include:
- Momentary loss of consciousness;
- Dizziness and difficulty maintaining balance;
- Blurred or double vision;
- Difficulty communicating with people or understanding what is being said;
- Loss of memory about the accident;
- Frequent headaches;
- Excessive tiredness
- Mood changes, including increased anxiety, irritation, and depression.
Concussions and Car Accidents
September 18, 2020 has been designated as National Concussion Awareness Day. The goal is to call attention to these injuries, common causes, and the major impacts they can have on the lives of victims. In addition to slips and falls, sports injuries, and other common types of accidents, car crashes involving motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are among most common ways for concussions to occur.
Once a concussion happens, it can have long term effects on the victim’s health. It also makes them more likely to suffer serious problems in the event another bump or blow to the head occurs in the future. Common impacts that can result from concussions include:
- Physical health issues: Difficulty walking, maintaining balance, and impaired motor skills can result in lasting disabilities.
- Cognitive impairments: These can result in learning impairments, long term memory loss, and difficulty communicating with others.
- Emotional disturbances: A concussion can result in dramatic personality changes. Increased isolation, sleep disturbances, and fits of rage are also common.
Let Us Help You Today
When you or a loved one suffers a concussion as a result of a car accident, the Law Office of Steven G. Lavely is here to help. We provide the aggressive legal representation needed to hold at-fault drivers accountable for the injuries you suffer.
It is important to be aware that you have only one chance to get the compensation you need to recover from a concussion. To ensure you get the maximum amount you need to for both your current and future expenses, call or contact our office online and request a consultation with a skilled Bradenton car accident attorney.