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Six Signs that Your Maryland Auto Accident Caused a Concussion

Even if you think you are ok after an auto accident, it is important to see a medical doctor, especially if you hit your head on an object in the collision. Some injuries can take a little time for symptoms to show up, and head trauma is one of them. A concussion can happen when you experience a jolt or a blow to the head that causes the brain to rapidly move back and forth inside the skull.

Car accidents are one of the main causes of concussions. They are also one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injury-related visits to the hospital. Unfortunately, the signs of a concussion are not always visible in imaging scans, but this does not make the injury any less scary for the victim. A mild concussion might heal in a week, while more serious ones can take longer.

Potential Signs You Have a Concussion

Here are six signs that you may have suffered a concussion from your car accident.

  • Headaches: If you have headaches that do not get better, get stronger, or you also have blurred vision, it can point to you having a concussion.
  • Ringing in Ears or Seeing Stars: A lot of people with a concussion after a car accident claim they feel like they “see stars.” Ringing in the ears is also common.
  • Mood Changes, Confusion or Amnesia: If you start to notice mood changes, like you are suddenly anxious, angry, nervous, restless, or irritable for no reason, there may be reason to see a doctor. After a few days, have you noticed that you are having trouble remembering certain things or cannot concentrate on normal everyday tasks? All of these symptoms can point to a concussion.
  • Feeling Nauseated: After your accident, if you start to feel nauseated, are dizzy, have an increased sensitivity to light, or vomited, then there is also a chance that you have a concussion.
  • Disruption to Sleep Pattern: Has your sleep routine changed after the accident? Are you sleeping more? Sleeping less? Having trouble falling asleep all of a sudden? This is also potentially a sign of a concussion.
  • Loss of Consciousness or Seizures: One of the most obvious signs of a concussion is a loss of consciousness. If you start to have seizures after the accident, it could mean the concussion is severe. You need to see a doctor right away.

What Happens if You Have a Concussion?

Depending on the severity of the concussion, the treatment will vary. In most cases, you will be ordered to avoid activities for which you need mental concentration. This can include watching television, using the computer, reading, etc.

Contact a Maryland Personal Injury Attorney

In the event you were in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, it is important to speak with a skilled Charles County personal injury. Your attorney can advise whether or not you have a valid claim for recovery. Contact the Law Office of Robert R. Castro today at 301-870-1200 to schedule an initial consultation.