Personal Injury Blog

When You Think You May Have Suffered a Concussion in an Auto Accident

By: Matthew Tievsky

A concussion is an injury that causes a temporary dysfunction in brain activity. It is, literally, a brain injury (although it is a milder form of brain injury). Part of what makes a concussion so scary is that it is invisible – there is generally no way to directly detect it through a brain scan (unlike a broken bone, which can be found on an X-ray). You can even suffer a concussion without being hit in the head – if your head jerks violently in an auto accident, your brain may bump the inside of your skull, causing a concussion.

The only way to be safe is to look for the symptoms of a concussion. These symptoms are the most common:

  • Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head
  • Temporary loss of consciousness (but keep in mind that even without losing consciousness, you may suffer a concussion)
  • Confusion or feeling as if in a fog
  • Memory loss
  • Dizziness or "seeing stars"
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability and other personality changes
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Psychological adjustment problems and depression
  • Changes to taste and smell

If you suspect that you have a concussion, there are at least two things you can do. First, seek immediate medical attention, and tell the doctor all of the symptoms that you are suffering. (This may become very important in a lawsuit. To prove that you suffered a concussion, it is very important that your medical records reflect that shortly after the accident, you were suffering symptoms of a concussion.) Second, don't exert yourself until a medical professional clears you. Your brain literally needs to rest so that it can heal.

If you were in an automobile collision and suspect that you suffered a concussion, you should immediately seek legal representation with the personal injury attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C.