What to Do If You Get a Concussion in a Car Accident
Concussions are some of the most common car accident injuries. A concussion occurs when the head is jerked extremely quickly by some strong force (such as a car accident), causing the brain to impact the inside of the skull. A light concussion can often be treated with a couple of days of bed rest, but a serious concussion requires much more extensive treatment.
If you believe you or a loved one has received a concussion, please seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Signs of a Concussion
The most important step to getting a concussion treated is to be able to recognize the symptoms. Seek medical help if you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms:
- Memory trouble
- Drowsiness or sluggishness
- Double or blurred vision
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Difficulty balancing
- Slowed reaction time.
These symptoms may not appear immediately after the accident. Concussions have been known to go hours, days, or even months before showing symptoms. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the symptoms and seek medical help as soon as any of these signs arise.
When to Seek Medical Help
It’s certainly important to seek medical care if you begin to show signs of a concussion. Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to visit a medical professional as soon as you experience an accident. Not only can concussions linger unnoticed for some time after an accident, but so can many other types of injuries. That’s one reason why immediate medical care can be so important, even if no one shows obvious signs of an injury.
It goes without saying, but you or your loved ones should follow the advice of your medical professional. This will expedite your recovery and help you ensure that you have medical records of your treatment—which will be important if you have a legal case.
Should You Talk to an Attorney?
Treatment for concussions and other injuries can be expensive. Many families struggle to meet the new financial demands that come with an injury. Even if the other driver was clearly at fault, insurance companies will often try to get you to take much less than your claim is worth.
The right attorney for your case already knows the insurance companies’ tactics and will be able to give you the best possible chance of receiving the financial compensation and peace of mind you deserve. If you suspect you might need to talk to an attorney, it’s a good idea to pick up the phone.
Chris J. Roy, Jr. APLC has been serving the people of Louisiana from its Alexandria office since 1989. We handle a variety of cases and look forward to addressing your legal needs. For almost three decades, our firm has been defending and filing claims for individuals hurt in accidents, and we have the knowledge, experience, and resources to help you. If you have questions or would like to set up a consultation, call us today or contact us online.