Personal Injury Blog

What is a Concussion?

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.