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How Do You Recognize the Signs of a Concussion Injury?

How Do You Recognize the Signs of a Concussion Injury?

How do you recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion following a motor vehicle accident? How important is early treatment and care following a brain injury? Symptoms of a concussion injury appear in the hours and days after the injury occurs. Recognizing these signs and symptoms is crucial as it allows for early intervention and treatment. Everyone is different and while the prognosis for mild concussions is generally good, there is always the possibility that the injury can cause long-lasting or even permanent damage.

Car Accidents and Concussions

Motor vehicle accidents are the third most common cause of traumatic brain injury related deaths in the United States. Young adults aged 20-24 are at greatest risk. In all, 14% of all fatal TBI's are caused by motor vehicle collisions. For non-fatal TBI's that require hospitalization, data from the Centers for Disease Control showed that in 2014, motor vehicle accidents were responsible for 20% of hospitalizations. Of the 2.5 million TBI-related visits to Emergency Rooms recorded in 2014, nearly 425,000 were related to motor vehicle accidents. In the period from 2006 to 2014, this number has increased 24%.

Motorcyclists are at significant risk of concussions when an accident occurs. It is well-known that helmets reduce the risk. Data presented by the National Institutes of Health shows that in states that require all motorcyclists to wear helmets, the risk of serious brain injuries was reduced by 52%. Even so, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that in 2017, only 65% of motorcyclists wore helmets when riding. Kansas is not a universal law state, and only motorcyclists under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet while operating or riding on a motorcycle.

Recognizing the Signs of a Concussion

Physical symptoms of a concussion typically appear immediately following the injury causing event. These symptoms can include headaches or a feeling of pressure within the skull. They may also include nausea/vomiting, problems with balance, dizziness, or blurred vision. Many people also experience sensitivity to light, a general sense of confusion, and feelings of sluggishness/grogginess.

Observable symptoms of concussion injuries include the inability to recall events immediately before or after the injury. Many individuals have difficulty processing instructions, maintaining balance/coordination, or staying conscious. It is also common for individuals to experience sudden changes in mood and behavior.

Recovery Prospects

Medical science can offer no guarantees on recovery following a brain injury. An individual's recovery depends on many factors including their age at the time of injury, overall health, and severity of the injury. What is known is that prompt recognition of symptoms and early treatment of the injury can significantly improve the individual's recovery prospects. Thus, when a concussion is suspected following a motor vehicle accident, individuals should not delay seeking treatment. Early intervention can slow the damage and protect the individual from potentially fatal infections, swelling, and other complications.

Call in the Bull when you have suffered a concussion in a motor vehicle accident. Our attorneys represent accident victims and their surviving family members in Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Texas, Nebraska, and Missouri. You can call us at 1-800-241-BRAD, or call us on or local line at 316-684-4400 to speak with an attorney who can help you recover the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. You can reach Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can call Tony Atterbury on his cell at 316-617-9237. You can call from Western Kansas at 620-THE-BULL.