The most common injury in a car accident is a concussion.
According to the CDC, “A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.”
Sometimes accidents seem mild and the person in the accident may not seek medical attention. However, there are times that the signs of a concussion aren’t all that prevalent at first. Therefore, not seeking medical attention could be a mistake. Concussions should always be taken seriously. When cared for there are often no lasting effects so get checked out no matter how minor you think the accident may have been. And stay alert for symptoms that may surface after the accident.
Common concussion symptoms:
Mayo Clinic listed some of the most common symptoms of a concussion to look out for:
- Ringing in the ears
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Blurry vision
- Confusion or feeling as if in a fog
- Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event
- Dizziness or “seeing stars”
- Temporary loss of consciousness (though this doesn’t always occur)
- Slurred speech
- Delayed response to questions
- Dazed appearance
After an accident a neurological exam will be taken. It is important this exam takes place so that those with a concussion are cared for and treated properly. Rest is huge in recovery after a concussion.
If these symptoms occur after your exam don’t hesitate to go back to get reexamined.
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