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Watch out for concussion symptoms after a car crash

Car accidents cause thousands of concussions and other head injuries every year. Unlike more obvious injuries such as broken bones, you might not feel the effects of a concussion until the next day or even later.

What are the symptoms of a concussion?

There are many different indicators of a possible concussion—and everyone might show different warning signs. You may experience one or several of them. Watch out for the following symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Confusion and dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Slurred speech and delayed responses
  • Poor memory
  • Inability to concentrate

These and other symptoms may be signs of a concussion or traumatic brain injury. You may show any of these signs right after the accident—but it could be hours or days before some symptoms set in.

What should I do if I think I have a concussion?

One of the most important things you can do is see a doctor. Even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms yet, you might be able to catch a concussion or other injury before it gets any worse.

If you don’t get treatment, your brain can be at risk for a repeat injury. Symptoms can get worse or even become permanent with more severe injuries. Thousands of people die every year from car accident-caused brain injuries.

You might not be able to work, on top of having to pay medical bills. If your doctor does diagnose you with a concussion, you should know your rights. The other driver could be liable for your lost wages and expenses.

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