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Concussions in Car Accidents

October 22, 2012

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that can occur in an automobile accident, or from another impact to the head. A concussion occurs when the brain is shaken inside the skull. Many concussions are minor and most people with concussions will fully recover within a few days. However, some concussions are severe and can leave their victims with lifelong health problems.

It’s not always clear when a concussions has occurred. Many people who have concussions don’t lose consciousness and don’t have any visible injuries. Some symptoms of concussions include a change in thinking patterns, mood swings, problems with sleep, headaches, nausea, dizziness, and a sensitivity to light.

Concussions can occur in very minor accidents in which the person involved didn’t know they were injured. However, a diagnosis and treatment of a concussion is crucial. Concussions can also occur in accidents that were a little more serious – many people assume if they walk away from the accident without any bleeding or broken bones, they are fine. If a traumatic brain injury has occurred, immediate treatment is necessary.

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of head injuries, such as concussions. Fortunately, most people recover quickly and completely. That is not always the case though. If you are involved in an automobile accident in which there is any possibility you suffered a head injury, seek medical treatment immediately. A brain injury is not something that can wait.

After seeking medical treatment, call the Dallas concussion attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529. We will work with the insurance companies involved to obtain compensation for you. Contact us as soon as possible after your accident.



Millions of Americans suffer brain injuries each year and thousands are left permanently disabled. The disabilities can range from physical, to cognitive, behavioral, and/or emotional in nature.

There are two primary categories of brain injuries. Both can have permanent and devastating affects, and they can even lead to death.

When there is an external blow to the head, traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result. These injuries are sometimes also referred to as “closed head injuries.”  A few of the common causes of TBIs are: auto accidents; explosions; defective product accidents; firearm accidents; premises liability accidents; and on-the-job accidents. 

There are three levels of TBIs: mild, moderate, and severe. A mild traumatic brain injury is a brief loss of consciousness with little or no consequences. A moderate traumatic brain injury involves loss of consciousness that lasts from a few minutes to a few hours, with the resulting impairment of motor skills ranging from several weeks to permanent. A severe traumatic brain injury is characterized by an extended unconscious state or coma (this may range from days to years) and significant impairment.

When an injury to the brain occurs from a disruption in oxygen flow, it is referred to as an acquired brain injury (ABI). ABIs often result from: stroke; aneurysm; heart attack; blood clot; tumors; infectious disease; airway obstruction; crushing injuries to the chest; and meningitis. Additionally, reckless conduct on the part of another party, including medical malpractice and medical negligence, can cause ABIs. ABIs can affect reasoning skills and cognitive thought, may cause lapses in memory and reduced physical and mental abilities, and may impair significant body functions.

 





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