After a minor vehicle collision, it is not uncommon for accident victims to claim they are okay because they do not show any clear physical signs of injury.
Many drivers, passengers, cyclists, pedestrians and others often refuse medical treatment without realizing they have suffered a concussion. Unfortunately, without proper identification and treatment, a concussion can lead to permanent or severe brain damage.
It is important that everyone understand the symptoms of concussions so they know if they have suffered an injury that requires medical care.
Symptoms of Concussions
According to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, a concussion is a brain injury that can occur from a blow to the head that causes excessive, rapid movement of the brain within the skull. This type of injury changes the way the brain functions and can have a lasting impact.
Some common symptoms of a concussion include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Memory loss
- Poor balance or coordination
- Loss of consciousness
- Irritability, depression or anxiety
- Changes in sleep
- Difficulty focuses
A common misconception is that a victim will always lose consciousness if he or she has suffered a concussion. This is not true in every case, and, in fact, concussion symptoms may not appear for hours or days after an accident.
Even if you do not feel that you have suffered an injury in a minor accident, it is important to seek medical care. Some injuries, like concussions, are not immediately apparent. Furthermore, if you need to file a claim for compensation, you will need medical records to document any injuries and damages you have suffered.
According to the Brain Injury Association of Windsor & Essex County, motor vehicle collisions are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injuries behind falls. Although concussions and other minor traumatic brain injuries often heal over time, others are more serious and require thousands of dollars in treatment and medical care.
If you or someone you love suffered a head injury in an accident caused by a negligent driver, our Windsor car crash injury lawyers can help you fight for the compensation you need. We are long-time supporters of the Brain Injury Association of Windsor & Essex County and have helped many clients who suffered brain injuries because of another’s negligence. Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation to learn more about how we can help you.