By: Matthew Tievsky
The word "concussion" has become particularly well-known in recent
years (especially in the context of NFL football). What exactly is a concussion?
A concussion is a type of
traumatic brain injury – the brain is quite literally bumped and, as a result, the victim
suffers some change in mental functioning.
A concussion often is caused by striking your head but not always. For example, in a car accident, a victim's head may snap back and
forth (whiplash) without a hit to the head. This movement can cause the
brain to bump against the inside of the skull, resulting in a concussion.
You can have a concussion without losing consciousness, although this is
a possible symptom. Other common symptoms include difficulty thinking,
slowed reaction times, headache, insomnia, nausea, and irritability. One
of the frustrating characteristics of a concussion is that it may not
show up on any sort of diagnostic scan – the only way to tell it
happened may be the symptoms you are subjectively experiencing. Concussions
may heal after a matter of days or weeks, but they often last longer –
and can cause permanent problems. Even if they the concussion does resolve,
it may leave the victim at a heightened risk for a future concussion.
If you have any concerns that you may have suffered a concussion in a Maryland
car accident, you should contact a Maryland car accident attorney at Chaikin,
Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C.