How do I know if I have a concussion after a crash and what should I do?

concussion caused by car accidentConcussions have been the subject of a lot of media attention in recent years. Sports-related concussions are a hot topic, and those in charge of youth and professional sports alike have been seeking ways to reduce the risks of these head injuries to athletes. So, it may surprise you to know that sports-related concussions are actually relatively rare. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of concussions in the U.S., along with falls and striking an object. Together, those groups represent about 75 percent of all concussions each year.

What Is a Concussion?

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury cause by a jolt, bump, or blow to the head. It can also be caused by violent shaking of the head or upper body. The injury occurs when the force of the blow is so strong that the brain bumps back and forth inside the skull, striking the inner wall. While people can experience a wide range of symptoms, some of the most common include:

  • Difficulty remembering recent events
  • Headache that will not go away
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Irritability or nervousness
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Difficulty with bright light or loud noises
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech

Treating a Concussion After a Car Accident

In most cases, rest is the main course of treatment after a concussion. The brain needs time to heal without many common stimulations, including physical exertion, television screens, reading, computer work, and similar activities. For many, symptoms will resolve with days or weeks, though it is not uncommon for concussion victims to feel effects of the injury even longer, especially those who have suffered a concussion in the past.

Seek Medical Attention for Your Injuries Right Away

Even slow speed crashes or fender benders can cause a concussion, and the symptoms may be difficult to diagnose. It is important to seek medical attention right away if you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident in Alaska. Only a medical professional can evaluate the symptoms to determine the extent of the injury. Left untreated, a concussion can have lasting and serious consequences for all aspects of your life.

Attorney Ben Crittenden understands these injuries can be complex, and he works hard to help concussion victims all across Alaska obtain the care and compensation they need to heal as fully as possible after a car crash. Call his Anchorage office today to speak directly with Ben or take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page to learn more about he may be able to help.