Suffering from a concussion after a car accident is common. In fact, car accidents are one of the leading causes of concussions in Canada.
WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?
A concussion is a form of a mild traumatic brain injury that results in temporary changes to brain function. This means a concussion can impact concentration, memory, balance and coordination.
There is a common misconception that concussions only happen when there is a direct blow to the head. While concussions are usually caused by direct head impact, any rapid back and forth movement of the head and upper body can also result in concussions. In car accidents, for example, the quick movement of the head and neck from the impact of the crash is sufficient to cause a concussion. Whiplash type injuries can cause your head and brain to shake, resulting in a concussion.
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION
It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion and to seek medical help.
Common concussion symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- loss of consciousness;
- blurry vision;
- sensitivity to light or sound;
- trouble concentrating;
- changes in mood or emotion;
- memory problems;
- sleep disturbance;
Concussion symptoms may be apparent immediately after a car accident or they may develop overtime. Concussions can also occur without the loss of consciousness. Any combination of these symptoms can indicate a possible concussion. If concussion symptoms last for weeks or months, this is known as post-concussion syndrome.
DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
Concussions are diagnosed by doctors or physiotherapists through imaging tests or various neurological tests. These tests will measure coordination, learning skills and memory skills to identify if there is a concussion and the effects of the concussion.
Treating a concussion and concussive symptoms can take time. Initial treatment includes rest, limiting physical activity and avoiding light and sound stimuli. Long term treatment includes physiotherapy sessions to facilitate a safe and gradual return to normal activities.
HOW CAN A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER HELP?
A concussion and concussive symptoms can have a significant impact on your daily life, work or school. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Moustarah & Company can refer you to specialists who can help you treat and recover from a concussion. Our personal injury lawyers in Edmonton will also guide your through the claims process and ensure you are fairly compensated for all of your injuries.
Please note: The information provided on this website does not constitute medical or legal advice and should not be construed as such. The lawyers and staff and Moustarah & Company are not trained medical professionals and do not hold themselves out to be such.
The information provided on this website does not constitute legal advice and should not be construed as such. Moustarah & Company does not guarantee that this information is accurate or up to date. As a result, should you require legal advice, please contact a lawyer.