Concussion injuries are frighteningly common, even with awareness rising across the board. In 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported over 64,000 traumatic brain injury (TBI) related deaths, 17.3% of which were directly caused by car accidents. The only type of accident that caused more TBIs than car accidents was falls. What makes concussions so dangerous is that they often may seem mild, leading people to forgo treatment for a head injury. Failure to seek medical care, however, can cause long-term complications and even be life-threatening.
Symptoms from a concussion can take days or even weeks to appear, so it is vital that you be proactive any time you have a head injury. In a situation where a concussion causes serious long-term consequences or disability, the seasoned car accident lawyers at Matz Injury Law are here to help you fight for the fair compensation you deserve. Call our law firm at 1-866-22Not33 or use our online contact form for legal advice and a free consultation today.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. There are five grades of concussions, ranging from mild to severe. It is important to understand, however, that the term “mild” is relative. Even a mild traumatic brain injury can be serious, if not life-threatening.
The grades of concussions range from Grade 0 to Grade 4 and can be diagnosed by their symptoms. The amount of time it takes to recover from a concussion also depends largely on the grade. Grade 0 and 1 concussions usually allow a return to normal activities within a day, while Grade 3 or 4 concussions can take weeks or longer from which to recover.
Signs and symptoms of a concussion usually appear not long after an injury, like a car crash. You may not, however, realize how serious the injury is right away. Some symptoms may take hours, days, or even weeks to present. The first few minutes might involve just a bit of confusion. An hour later, however, memory loss might occur. Drowsiness and loss of consciousness can follow, and without medical attention, death could ensue.
Because of this, you should continue to watch for signs of a concussion immediately after the car crash to several days after the accident. If your symptoms or the symptoms of your child or teen who was hurt worsen, you should immediately head to the emergency room. At the hospital, doctors can perform imaging tests like a CT scan to check for brain damage.
The immediate signs of a concussion can cover a wide range. Watch for the following symptoms of a concussion after your car accident:
Any of the signs and symptoms above are a reason to call for medical attention. If, however, you notice more severe symptoms, it is essential to call emergency services immediately. These include:
The first thing to do if you suspect someone has a concussion after motor vehicle accidents is to give a quick test of their mental faculties. This involves asking a few basic questions. The idea is to check their memory, alertness, focus, thinking, and problem-solving. Ask the victim the day of the week, the month, and the year. Have them memorize a list of words and recite them back. Have the victim recite a sequence of numbers forward and backward. Ask them to recite the months of the year in reverse order.
Other tests exist, but if you suspect anyone has a brain injury or concussion after an auto accident, the best thing to do is call for first responders right away. A medical professional can diagnose the issue and offer immediate medical treatment as needed, and can possibly save the victim’s life. Always remember that even a mild concussion is a serious injury.
While a blow to the head, such as striking the steering wheel or even a car airbag, is the most common cause of a concussion among accident victims, it is possible to get a concussion without any direct contact to the head. This is called “secondary trauma.”
Anything that causes your brain to rattle or change shape can result in a concussion. You can even be protected by a seatbelt and still suffer a concussion. Whiplash, for example, where your head whips forward and stops suddenly, is a common injury to the neck and spine after motor vehicle crashes, but it can also cause a concussion. Even sudden deceleration can cause your brain to rattle around and result in a concussion.
If you or a loved one is in a car accident and suffers symptoms of a concussion, it is important to take the right steps. Get medical attention right away. Everything else is secondary.
Again, it cannot be stressed enough that you should get seen by a medical professional. They can perform the necessary tests and begin any treatment you need to ensure that your injury does not get worse.
After calling for first responders at the accident scene, make notes of everything that happened and what you feel. After the accident, continue to document your injury. Keep track of all your medical expenses and medical bills. Keeping a journal of your symptoms can be helpful as well. Any information you can keep regarding your symptoms and injury can be helpful.
As soon as you can, you should contact a qualified and experienced Michigan personal injury attorney. The accident attorneys at Matz Injury Law can help you fight for all of the compensation you deserve, both through no-fault insurance and a personal injury case to hold the at-fault driver responsible for what happened to you.
Michigan is a no-fault state for car accidents. You will need to contact your insurance company to file an injury claim for no-fault benefits as soon as possible. These benefits can help you get started paying your medical expenses and recover some of your lost wages right away.
You may find, however, that the insurance company questions your claim, and that is another reason to have a personal injury lawyer in your corner. The right attorney will be able to fight back when insurance adjusters try to get out of paying your claim. They can take over communications and help stand up for your rights.
Most concussions take a week to 10 days to fade. Those who have more severe concussions or who get post-concussion syndrome can sometimes require weeks or even months of recovery time. When recovering from a concussion, it is important to follow your doctor’s orders. Limiting screen time, avoiding bright lights, staying away from loud noise, and other recommended measures can help you avoid serious side effects and post-concussion syndrome.
Concussions can have long-term consequences and be truly debilitating. When left untreated, these consequences can cascade and even be deadly, according to the Globe and Mail. The CDC also states that ignoring the symptoms of a concussion can make the condition worse.
If you have sustained a serious head injury caused by a reckless or careless driver or by any other person’s careless behavior, you deserve to be compensated for your medical bills, your lost wages, your pain and suffering, and all of your economic and non-economic damages. You may not be in the right frame of mind to deal with the insurance company. The compassionate car accident attorneys at Matz Injury Law can handle your case and fight for your rights.
Hiring a lawyer, on average, can net you up to $50,000 more in compensation. Matz Injury Law also has a low contingency fee of 22% as opposed to the 33% that many competitors charge. This means you are more likely to get the compensation you deserve, plus a bit extra.
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