In my many years as a personal injury attorney in Trinity, Florida, I have often had clients who suffered concussions in motor vehicle accidents.
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that affects brain function. Concussions are usually caused by a blow to the head or violent shaking of the head and upper body.
The purpose of this article is to describe the signs and symptoms you should look for when evaluating whether you may have suffered a concussion in a motor vehicle accident or other traumatic event.
Signs and symptoms of a concussion may include:
- Feeling of pressure in the head
- Temporary loss of consciousness
- Confusion or a feeling of fogginess
- Dizziness and/or ringing in the ears
- Loss of memory concerning the accident/incident
- Slurred speech
- Delay in answering questions
- The appearance of being dazed
Delayed Onset of Concussion Symptoms
Concussion symptoms often present themselves immediately after a traumatic event, however, that is not always the case. Symptoms may not become noticeable for hours, days or weeks after that event.
Some of our clients have developed specific symptoms over time including concentration and memory problems, sensitivity to light (photophobia), sensitivity to sound (phonophobia), loss of senses such as taste and smell, irritability, depression, and even changes in personality
Concussion Symptoms in Children
Children are more difficult to evaluate as often they cannot express the symptoms that they are experiencing. As a result, if you are a parent, there are certain signs you need to look for when evaluating your child after a traumatic event. These include: the appearance of being dazed, loss of balance or unsteadiness, changes to sleep patterns, changes in eating habits, lack of interest in their favorite activities, irritability, and excessive crying..
If you or a loved one suffers from any of these symptoms after a motor vehicle accident or other traumatic event, I highly encourage you to consult with your doctor and be evaluated for a potential traumatic brain injury. The symptoms might not be related to a brain injury, but finding out what may be causing these symptoms will lead to proper treatment and peace of mind.
If you have any questions about concussion symptoms or would like to speak with a motor vehicle accident attorney in Trinity, Spring Hill, Brooksville, or Inverness, FL, please feel free to contact one of my offices. We are always here for you.
– Chuck Philips