Seattle Lawyers Discuss: A Concussion is Still a Traumatic Brain Injury
There are a wide range of injuries a person may suffer after a Washington car accident. They may be minor or severe, but they should always be taken seriously. Depending on the type of accident, the driver and/or passengers may suffer head injuries. While the severity of head injuries is also dependent on the force of the accident, one of the most commonly suffered car accident head injuries is a concussion.
Concussions and Car Accidents
A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and occurs when the head hits or is hit by an object. A number of different types of car accidents can create these circumstances:
- A rollover accident can cause a person's head to hit the window, dashboard, or even door frame of the vehicle.
- A rear-end collision can cause a person's head to hit the steering wheel.
- Being side-swiped can cause a person's head to hit the window or door frame.
- An object from either vehicle can break the windshield and strike the driver's or passenger's head.
- The impact of a car can cause a pedestrian or bicyclist to hit his or her head on the ground, wall, or another vehicle.
These are only a few of the situations where a person may suffer a concussion in a car accident. But the important thing to remember is that concussions, though they may seem common, are still serious and can result in further injury if not treated properly.
Concussion Symptoms and Consequences
If you injured your head in a car accident and believe you may have a concussion, you would probably be exhibiting any or a combination of these symptoms:
- Drowsiness, experiencing difficulty waking up
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of consciousness
- Seeing flashing lights
In addition to the above symptoms, you may also experience the following, more serious, symptoms:
- Muscle weakness
- Continuous confusion
- Repeated vomiting
- Unusual eye movements
- Problems walking
- Changes in alertness and/or consciousness
- Unequal pupil dilation
Unless a concussion is properly treated, minor symptoms may become more serious and if treatment does not follow, you may suffer further damage to your nervous system.
Keeping Your Head Healthy
The brain is an essential part of your body and it must be taken care of. If another person's actions on the road results in your suffering a concussion or other traumatic brain injury, you have the right to hold that party responsible for the treatment and care you need to recover from that injury. Taking legal action may provide you with the resources you need for the best possible recovery. Contact our Seattle car accident injury attorneys today to discuss your claim and find out how we can help.