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:
- 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.