Most people have had the awkward feeling of slight embarrassment after slipping on a sidewalk or tripping in a parking lot. That emotional response is typically just a part of our consciousness. However, when that slip or trip becomes a fall – or when a car accident occurs – the result of the event may include head trauma. Concussions are a common problem after an accident. Any external blow to the head may be sufficient to cause some level of head injury. Moreover, even without an external force, sudden movements can force the brain against the skull, which can result in an internal head injury.
What may not seem obvious is that a head injury is not always easy to detect after an accident. Symptoms of concussions may be delayed for a period of time – for even months after the injury – according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In other cases, symptoms may start of as mild form of discomfort. After a fall, or after a car accident, it is important to seek the attention of a doctor. If symptoms develop or change over time, the medical records can be vital in protecting your rights if the negligence of another caused your injury.
Know Some Of The Early Symptoms Of Concussions
A headache, especially a persistent discomfort that will not go away is a good sign of a potential head injury. However, many other signals may present themselves that are trying to tell you to see your doctor, such as:
- Short periods of dizziness, or a feeling of being off balance for an extended time
- A loss of coordination or slurred speech
- Confusion or restlessness
- Vomiting or persistent nausea after a traumatic event such as an accident
- Numbness in the fingers and limbs or other weakness in the extremities
In you have been in an accident, seeking proper medical care is important. If you have been injured due to the negligence of someone else, including another driver or negligent property owner, seeking the guidance of a strong personal injury lawyer can help you to protect your future.