What Happens If You Hit Your Head?

Car accident collisions can result in various types of injuries such as broken limbs, lacerations, disfigurement, soft tissue tears, spinal injuries, and internal organ injuries. But one of the most common, easily overlooked, and undertreated injuries are concussions and their after-effects. If you suffered a concussion in a Massachusetts auto accident caused by another party, do not hesitate to contact an experienced car accident attorney.

A concussion is trauma to the brain caused by striking your head on an object such as a car window or the roadway if ejected from a car or motorcycle, or it can be a violent moving or shaking of the head. If you lost consciousness in a violent collision, you more than likely suffered a concussion. But you do not have to lose consciousness to have sustained a concussion or even a serious brain injury.

Although the majority of concussion injuries are minor and generally resolve within a few days, many do not and can cause serious disruptions to your life that can last months or can be permanent. 

Symptoms of a Concussion

Following a car accident, you may not have realized that you suffered a concussion. Typical symptoms of a concussive injury that should alert you to seek immediate medical treatment include:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Chronic headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light and/or loud noises
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Memory difficulties
  • Inability focus
  • Balance and coordination issues
  • Mood and personality changes

You may not experience any of these symptoms for hours after an accident. If you do, do not hesitate to seek medical attention since you may have suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Concussions and Car Crashes

More serious consequences could result if you had prior concussions. This is more common in athletes such as football players who are constantly exposed to violent collisions on the field and often suffer multiple blows to the head in a single game. Even those of us who may have suffered several concussions while playing sports in high school or college should be especially cognizant if we subsequently suffer a head injury or concussion in a car accident.

The lasting effects of a concussion are varied:

  • Inability to focus on schoolwork or your work activities
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Aggressive behavior or erratic mood swings
  • Cognitive issues such as difficulty with reasoning
  • Depression and anxiety that can lead to suicide
  • Coma
  • Seizures
  • Development of clots and brain hemorrhage 

If a family member who was in a car accident manifests any of these symptoms, it is imperative that you have the person consult a medical provider and contact a car accident attorney,

What to Do if in a Car Accident

Any car collision can cause you to strike your head on the steering wheel, window, or the back of your car seat that can result in a concussion. Many victims feel dazed after the collision but may disregard the symptom when asked by another involved party, police officer, or first responder. 

Should you experience either a serious injury or just feel dazed or “out of it” following an accident, follow these vital suggestions:

  1. Do not refuse medical attention at the scene. Get checked out by EMTs and inform them about how you are feeling. Once you leave the scene, do not hesitate to see your doctor.
  2. If you delay treatment, you are not only risking your health but your opportunity to collect compensation for your injury. Although Massachusetts is a no-fault state where you can collect limited benefits to help pay for medical expenses and lost wages regardless of who was at-fault in an accident, you risk losing additional compensation such as payment for substantial medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and diminished quality of life the longer you put off medical attention.
  3. The earlier you get treatment, the more likely your medical provider as well as your car accident attorney can demonstrate a causal link between the accident and your symptoms. This can result in your receiving the most compensation for your injuries depending on its severity and effect on your quality of life.
  4. Be sure to let your doctor know about your symptoms such as headaches, nausea, or forgetfulness. Your doctor should order diagnostic tests or make appropriate referrals so that more serious consequences like a permanent injury can be avoided or minimized.
  5. Immediately consult a car accident attorney and do not speak to or sign any documents with the other party’s insurer or representative. 

Retain the Law Office of Burns and Jain

At Burns and Jain, you will retain a car accident attorney who has represented victims of car accidents where our clients suffered concussions. Many times, insurers have denied paying anything or very little to victims who delayed treatment or who tried to handle their claim on their own by making statements to the other party or insurance representative that seriously jeopardized their opportunity to collect appropriate compensation.

Call our office at (617) 227-7423 if you were injured in a car accident and receive a free consultation about your injury claim.

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