What Are the Symptoms of a Concussion Following an Accident?

For many car accident victims, the internal injuries they sustain are much more severe than any external wounds. For example, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are fairly common in motor vehicle collisions, and they can have lasting consequences.

A concussion is a mild TBI caused by an impact to the head. There are often no visible outward signs of a concussion.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car crashes were the leading cause of TBI-related hospitalizations for people between the ages 15 and 44 in 2013. If you sustained a concussion or a more severe TBI in a motor vehicle collision, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.

To discuss your case with an accident lawyer, contact Miller, Hampton & Hilgendorf.  We have more than three decades of combined experience providing quality legal representation. Call 225-343-2205 to schedule a case evaluation with a Baton Rouge car wreck attorney.

Read on to learn about some of the most common symptoms of a concussion following a car accident:

  1. Foggy Mental State

Concussions have a direct effect on your ability to think clearly and remember new information. If you find it hard to focus or you are having trouble remembering the events that led to the collision, you may have sustained a concussion.

  1. Physical Symptoms

According to WebMD, it is common to experience the following physical symptoms after developing a concussion:

  • Headaches;
  • Nausea and vomiting;
  • Blurred vision;
  • Dizziness;
  • Sensitivity to sound and light;
  • Poor coordination; and
  • A lack of energy.
  1. Atypical Emotions

If you sustain a concussion, you may become angry or upset more easily. You may also experience anxiety, sadness, and more depressive emotions in general.

  1. Poor Sleeping Habits

People with concussions may sleep more or less than they usually do. They may also suffer from insomnia and have a hard time falling asleep.

Children typically experience the same kinds of symptoms that adults do when they sustain a concussion; however, identifying the condition in especially young children can be challenging. Kids may exhibit a concussion in the following ways:

  • Crying more than usual;
  • Changing the way they eat, sleep, or nurse;
  • Changing the way they act or play;
  • Having temper tantrums and getting upset easily;
  • Losing newly acquired skills like potty training; and
  • Struggling to maintain balance when walking.

If you sustained a concussion in a car accident that was not your fault and you had to miss work in order to recover, you may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and non-economic damages. Contact Miller, Hampton & Hilgendorf to discuss your claim and determine the best way to proceed.

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