A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain functions. Its effects are usually, but not always, temporary. They can include problems with headache, concentration, memory, judgment, balance and coordination.
Concussions usually are caused by a blow to the head, but they can also result from violent shaking of the head and upper body. These injuries can cause a loss of consciousness, but most concussions do not. Because of this, some people have concussions and don’t realize it.
Symptoms of a Concussion After an Auto Accident
One hallmark sign of a concussion is loss of consciousness immediately following a blow to the head. Shortly after the injury other symptoms may begin appear. These symptoms include confusion, headache, nausea, vomiting and well as blurred vision. If the force exerted to the head is severe enough, short term memory — particularly memory pertaining to the accident itself — can be compromised. A concussion victim may also exhibit a condition known as perseverating which is repeating the same question time and time again despite being given the answer. A common example of this may be asking ‘Was I in an accident?’ numerous times and, despite being told yes each time, the victim continues to ask.
Concussions are very serious head injuries. If you have been in an accident, or a loved one has been in an accident, and you suspect that you may have a concussion or any type of head injury it is imperative that you seek appropriate medical attention right away.
Following that you should consult with an experienced Orange County Injury Attorney regarding your rights. According to California personal injury law you may be entitled to benefits, damages and financial compensation.