You can get a concussion without hitting your head in a car accident. Concussions often occur after hitting your head, but this is not always the case. A concussion can occur due to your upper body’s violent jarring and shaking during a car accident.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that a concussion may pose permanent or temporary health risks like short-term memory loss. The severity of a concussion will depend on the type of car accident. A serious accident such as a head-on collision can cause a severe concussion. An accident victim with a concussion should obtain medical care.
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The Different Ways People Can Get Concussions
You may suffer a concussion without a blow to the head. This is because the brain may shake and collide with the skull. This can occur when a car comes to a sudden stop and your seatbelt prevents your body from moving. Ways a concussion can occur in a car accident:
- The impact of two cars colliding (most common)
- The side-to-side motion of a broadside collision
- A rollover accident causing the body (and brain) to rotate
The most common cause of a concussion without a blow to the head is when the brain is heavily jostled inside the skull. Even if you feel fine after a car accident, that does not rule out a concussion injury. You should seek medical attention. Your treatment team could perform imaging scans to rule out a concussion.
How Will I Know If I Have a Concussion From a Car Accident?
Some of the signs of a concussion are:
- Behavioral changes
- Impaired speech and vomiting
If you or your loved ones experience such symptoms after a car accident, seek medical attention immediately.
Getting Compensated for a Concussion Injury
Even if there is no blow to your head, you can get a car accident settlement or judgment award for a concussion injury. It will be more difficult to prove that the car accident was the cause of the concussion, though.
A car accident lawyer can help you seek compensation for a concussion sustained through a blow to the head or jolting from a car accident. The compensation you could receive will be dependent on:
- The current and future medical expenses of treating your injuries
- Emotional distress
- Lost earning capacity
- Lost income from your injuries
- Pain and suffering
- The effect on your quality of life
Your best course of action is to schedule a free consultation with a car accident attorney to discuss the details of your case. If you have your accident report, witness details, a personal journal detailing your health and mental state after the accident, photos, and other documents, it is all for the best. It is crucial for your attorney to know how the accident affected you in all aspects of your life. Depending on the evidence you bring, and they can gather, your attorneys will build a case for you.
Why You Should Get Medical Attention If You Sustained a Concussion
The Journal of Neurosciences in Practice found that car accidents are the most common cause of concussions. The researchers found that many people do not seek medical attention after sustaining a concussion injury.
A concussion is an extremely serious injury because it affects the brain. An untreated concussion could cause permanent impairment. Some of the dangers of not treating a concussion are:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Swelling in the brain
- Brain bleed
An untreated concussion poses serious health risks. Evidence of medical treatment can connect your injuries to the accident. Your medical bills can factor into the compensation you pursue.
Not seeking medical attention makes it very difficult to prove that the car accident caused your injuries. The court might not rule against your favor. Getting medical attention will highlight the brain damage that the accident caused. This is because a concussion could be a sign of something much worse.
Even without a blow to the head, suffering a concussion injury is possible. You could retain your catastrophic injury lawyer if you or your loved one suffered a concussion.
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How Will My Lawyer Establish Fault
A personal injury lawyer will be able to show that the at-fault party is responsible for your concussion. The lawyer will do this by proving that the at-fault party breached their duty of care. Your attorney will illustrate how the breach of duty caused the accident, which resulted in your injuries. They would do this by providing evidence like:
- Eyewitness testimony
- Your medical documents
- Video of the accident
- Photos of your injuries and vehicle damage
Your attorney will have to connect your injuries to the accident, the at-fault party’s actions to the accident, and the at-fault party’s role to their duty to keep you safe.
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers Is Ready to Fight for You
A concussion can affect anyone involved in a car accident. Seeking medical attention if you sustained such an injury will help you make a full recovery. The medical expenses should get compensated by the liable party.
Contact a lawyer’s team for help with your personal injury claim. Call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers at (888) 612-7001 today and get a free consultation. We can even help if your head injury occurred while you were at work.