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Concussions Common After San Diego Car Crashes

Car AccidentFollowing a San Diego car crash, most victims are relieved to discover that they haven’t suffered any serious injuries. They also may not want to make a “big deal” over what seems like just a bump to the head.

However, once the adrenaline subsides, many car accident victims discover that they didn’t escape unscathed. When this occurs, it is important to seek medical attention, particularly if you suspect that you may have suffered a head injury.

Concussions are the most common form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). In fact, approximately 75 percent of TBIs that occur each year are concussions. While they are also the mildest TBI, concussions can still result in debilitating and long-lasting symptoms. All TBI’s have the potential to interfere with your:

  • Thinking (i.e., memory and reasoning);
  • Sensation (i.e., sight and balance);
  • Language (i.e., communication, expression, and understanding); and
  • Emotion (i.e., depression, anxiety, personality changes, aggression, acting out, and social inappropriateness)

Symptoms of a Concussion

Symptoms of a concussion may begin immediately or take several days to develop. The signs of a concussion include:

  • memory problems
  • confusion
  • drowsiness or feeling sluggish
  • dizziness
  • double vision or blurred vision
  • headache
  • nausea or vomiting
  • sensitivity to light or noise
  • slowed reaction to stimuli
  • balance problems
  • slurred speech
  • irritability

Recovery from a Concussion

If a concussion is suspected, doctors will likely conduct tests to verify the extent of the brain injury and to rule out any additional issues, such as swelling or bleeding of the brain.

Most people completely recover from their concussions, but it may take months for the symptoms to dissipate. The recovery may also be longer for older adults, young children, and teens.

Some victims may suffer long-lasting concussion symptoms, such as post-traumatic headaches and vertigo, which can interfere with daily activities such as work or school. A TBI can also cause epilepsy and increase the risk for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain disorders.

If you or someone you love has suffered serious head injury in a California car crash, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.