BACK TO BLOG September 7, 2018

5 Signs You Have a Concussion from a Car Accident

Did you know that a concussion is, by definition, a traumatic brain injury (“TBI”)?

Did you know that at least 56% of all mild traumatic brain injuries go un-diagnosed in an emergency room? ¹ This means that the diagnosis of mild TBI is frequently missed in the emergency room despite patients reporting symptoms consistent with mild TBI diagnosis.

After a car accident, it is important to know the signs of a concussion or mild TBI.

5 Signs You Have a Concussion from a Car Accident

  1. Loss of Consciousness: This is one of the more obvious signs of a TBI. If you hit your head on a window or the steering wheel, the sudden jarring and impact of the brain that results in a loss of consciousness means that there was an injury to the brain. Loss of consciousness does not have to occur for there to be a concussion.
  2. Confusion or Amnesia: If, after a car accident, you are dazed or realize that you have trouble remembering things, this is a sign that you suffered a concussion.
  3. Headaches: After a car accident, you may be headaches that just won’t go away or that get progressively worse. Sometimes, the headaches are so severe that there is blurred vision.
  4. Nausea: Another sign of a concussion from a car wreck is if you feel nauseous, dizzy, or vertigo. You can also feel sensitive to lights or even vomit.
  5. Sleep Disruption: After a car wreck, many victims have trouble sleeping or have excessive sleep. Any significant disturbance of a sleep pattern can be a sign of a concussion.

Ultimately, if you are in a automobile accident and you are showing signs of a concussion, go see a doctor immediately. Do not ignore these signs of a concussion. And if your injuries are caused by the negligence of another person, call a Texas car accident lawyer to find out your rights and options.

1 – “Accuracy of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Diagnosis.” Powell, Ferraro, Dikmen, Temkin, and Bell. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 89: 1550-1555.