Concussion Injuries From Car Accidents
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Mar 27, 2013 in Auto Accidents
The Center for Disease Control estimates that anywhere between 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions occur every year in the United States.
A concussion is known as the most common form of traumatic brain injury, which can be defined as a head injury resulting in the temporary loss of brain function. A concussion can cause many different types of physical, emotional and cognitive symptoms, which often times go unrecognized due to their subtleties.
If you or someone you care about has been involved in a car crash, which resulted in a concussion and other injuries, the victim of the accident may be eligible to receive compensation for their losses and damages. We recommend contacting an experienced auto accident lawyer as soon as possible following your accident so they can get right to work for you on your case.
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Causes of an Automobile Concussion Injury
The human brain is one of the most complex and largest organs in the entire body, it is composed of over one-hundred billion nerves that send and receive messages from trillions of microscopic connections referred to synapses. However, during an auto accident, when an outside force causes a disturbance to one of these nerves or synapses, it can cause temporary loss of function to the body and brain, known as a concussion.
A few common causes of automotive concussion injuries include:
- Steering wheel
- Door pillars
It has also been discovered that individuals who have suffered from one concussion will become more susceptible to suffering additional concussions. This is especially true for those who have not fully recovered from symptoms of the previous concussions, which is more common in athletes.
Symptoms of a Concussion Injury
Often times, the symptoms of a concussion injury may be subtle, which will cause an individual to believe that they are not concussed. However, these symptoms will typically continue to plague an individual for days, weeks, and even months following an accident. There are several symptoms that are associated with concussions which we must pay attention for.
Some of the most common concussion symptoms include:
- Concentration problems
- Loss of consciousness
- Slurred Speech
- Sensitive to light
- Sensitive to noise
It is advised to seek medical attention for any individual who is experiencing signs of a concussion, or any other injuries following an accident. It is especially important to seek medical attention if the individual is experiencing loss of consciousness for over a minute, having seizures, excessive vomiting, and clear signs of impaired mental function or reduced physical coordination.
Treatment of a Concussion Injury
First and foremost, medical attention should be sought out if there are any signs or symptoms of a concussion. However, there are also a variety of options available to relieve the symptoms of a mild concussion.
These simple techniques are as follows:
- Apply wrapped ice
- Take over the counter acetaminophen
- Monitor individual for at least 24 hours
- Avoid stressful situations
Things to avoid:
- Avoid Aspirin and Ibuprofen can make bruising worse and cause bleeding
- Avoid contact sports or vigorous activity
- Avoid anti-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Avoid drugs and alcohol
On occasion, symptoms may last for long periods of time, so it is always advised to seek the attention of a physician for all concussion injuries. These treatment options are intended to help reduce the symptoms of mild concussions.
Contact An Experienced Attorney
At Philips Law Group, our slogan is Securing Justice For You. Our personal injury attorneys believe that an injury caused by the negligence of another individual must hold that individual accountable for the losses and damages they have caused. We will work relentlessly to seek justice and protect the rights of all our clients in the court of law.
With our main office located in Phoenix, we are licensed to serve the entire state of Arizona.
A few locations we serve include:
- South Phoenix
- Bronze Boot
- Sun City
To learn more about how our car crash lawyers can help secure justice for you in the court of law, or to schedule a free no-obligation consultation, we invite you to contact us at 1-800-706-3000 and a member of our staff will collect the details of your accident and connect you with one of our experienced auto accident attorneys.
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