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What you should do if you sustain a concussion in a car accident

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The brain is the most complex part of the human body. The brain is also one of the most fragile parts of the human body. Sudden rapid movements of the head can cause a traumatic brain injury.

The most common traumatic brain injuries sustained in car accidents are concussions. The impact of a crash may be violent enough to cause head trauma. The brain can bounce around or twist inside of the skull.

How do I know if I sustained a concussion?

You may not be aware that you have sustained a concussion immediately after a crash. Sometimes the adrenaline and shock of being involved in a crash can mask certain injuries. It can take several days for the first signs to appear.

Complications linked to a concussion can last for several months, especially if the condition isn't treated promptly. Symptoms may include:

  • Brief loss of consciousness
  • Poor concentration and attention
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Mood changes
  • Problems with vision and speech
  • Headaches
  • Loss of memory

The best way to find out if you have sustained a concussion is to seek prompt medical treatment. Your doctor may discover some abnormalities in the brain through an MRI or CT scan. In some cases, a concussion may not be detected through a scan. That's when your doctor would need to refer you to a neurologist who can evaluate your cognitive functioning and memory.

How long does it take to recover from a concussion?

For many people, concussions take a few months to recover from with the right treatment. The recovery time needed depends on the severity of the injury or whether or not it is a repeat concussion.

It's possible to make a full recovery from a concussion, but a repeat concussion can lead to permanent brain damage.

Treatment for a concussion may require pain medication and long-term rest. That means, if you're doctor says to avoid working or engaging in certain activities, then it's important to listen to your doctor.

Can I be compensated for my losses?

By getting the medical care you need and listening to your doctor's recommendations, you will experience some financial losses, such as medical expenses and lost wages. Fortunately, these losses can be recovered through a car accident claim. In addition, you may eligible for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

Obtaining compensation isn't easy. The other driver's insurance company will attempt to downplay or deny your claim. They may trick you into unknowingly admitting fault or use anything you say in a recorded statement against you.

You shouldn't have to pay out of pocket because of someone else's negligence. That's why it's important to consult with an experienced Fairfield County, Connecticut car accident attorney before engaging with an insurance company. An attorney at Vishno Law Firm can deal with the insurance companies for you and help maximize your compensation.

Contact us online to schedule your free legal consultation.

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