Identifying a Concussion Following a Car Accident
One mistake that many accident victims make is telling a police offer that he or she is fine when asked if okay following a car accident. Unfortunately, concussions – a common effect of car accidents – can cause mental confusion. As a result, you may think you are okay when you have actually suffered a head injury. Since the officer doesn’t know you personally, he or she has no way to know if you are acting oddly.
This makes it important to see the doctor after a car accident. A medical professional should be in a better position to identify a concussion. For your information, here are a few things to look out for.
Symptoms of a Concussion
Concussion symptoms are many and varied. Some may appear immediately following the head injury while others may happen days or even weeks later. Here are some possible immediate symptoms of a concussion:
- Memory loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- A “deer in the headlights” look
- Slowed response to questions
- Slurred speech
Symptoms that may occur in the days following a concussion could reveal post-concussion syndrome. These signs include:
- Memory problems
- Personality changes
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Sensory sensitivities
- Vertigo or dizziness
Why Medical Care Is Important
Since some of these symptoms may not occur until later, it is important to have already established with your doctor that you been in an accident. Even if you have been given a clean bill of health, watch out for the above symptoms in the coming months.
Another important thing to keep in mind is not signing any kind of settlement until you have let enough time to pass to know if you are okay or not. If you accept payment from an insurance company and sign a settlement, and then new symptoms arise and lead to medical bills, it’s too late to go back and get reimbursed.