Head Injuries as a Result of a Car Accident
You’ve been in an accident. Even a minor fender bender is stressful, but this time, you’ve sustained injuries. What next? If you haven’t already, check out our blog on What To Do In The Event Of A Car Accident. We’ll save you some time and do a quick recap now.
Call 911. The other party involved does not have your best interest at heart. ALWAYS call 911.
Move somewhere safe, if possible.Take photos of all vehicles involved as well as the where the accident happened and the surrounding area.
Find witnesses to corroborate the events.
Exchange insurance information with the other parties involved - DO NOT ADMIT FAULT OR APOLOGIZE.
Call your insurance company - you may need the claim number to provide to the hospital (if you’re planning to get seen).
Go to the doctor.
Provide your car insurance company with the police report, the other party’s contact and insurance information (if it’s not already on the police report).
Call your personal injury lawyer.
Ranked as one of the most common injuries sustained during an automobile accident are head injuries. Head injuries can range in severity and can, in some cases, have the potential to permanently affect you. If you’ve been in an accident and believe you’ve sustained injuries, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Head injuries can be sustained as a result of a vehicle’s sudden stop, change in direction, or as the result of an accident. Though it is important to note that those are not the only ways in which a head injury can be sustained in an automobile.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) caused by “a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.” A common misconception about concussions is that our head must strike something such as the dashboard or head rest in order to sustain a concussion. That is false. As we saw in the quote from the CDC, a jolt is enough to cause the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.
Like whiplash, a concussion may not show as soon as the accident occurs. It could take hours or even days for you to become aware of the concussion. Again, as soon as you suspect an injury you should seek medical attention. Failure to treat a concussion can lead to permanent damage.
How Do I Know If I’ve Sustained a Head Injury?
If there is any possibility or thought that you may have sustained an injury as a result of an accident, seek immediate medical attention.
A concussion may cause some to lose consciousness, but in some cases it will not. It is possible for some to experience concussions and not even realize it. Some symptoms of a concussion include, but are not limited to, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, slurred speech, and a headache or pressure in your head. For those involved in an accident who are either younger or are elderly, medical testing may be required to test for a concussion.
The treatment of a concussion will vary based on the level of severity and will likely include rest and limiting exposure to television at a minimum.
Car Accident Attorney in Prince George's County, Maryland
If you or a loved one has been in an accident, call Kemet Hunt Law Group, leading car accident attorneys in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Attorneys Kemet & Hunt are experienced in personal injury law and can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
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