Concussions are one of the most common crash-related traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). A concussion occurs when the brain experiences trauma due to blunt impact or violent shaking.
This can happen during a crash when the head slams into the steering wheel, dashboard, head rest or airbag. It can also be caused by severe whiplash from a high-impact rear-end collision or violent shaking that can occur during a rollover or T-bone crash.
Why 'mild' concussions are anything but mild
While concussions are often considered mild, they are anything but that. People who sustain this type of TBI may or may not lose consciousness, but the typical symptoms could take several days to appear.
For example, a headache may set in. You may also experience confusion, nausea, tinnitus, memory loss and complications with speech and vision.
These symptoms are serious enough to leave you out of work or away from certain activites for several months. That's why it's important to seek prompt medical attention after a crash.
Even if you feel fine immediately after a crash, an MRI or CT scan may reveal that you have sustained a TBI. This is not always the case, however. If a scan reveals nothing, you will need to be referred to a neurologist who can conduct a cognitive evaluation.
How long do concussions take to heal?
With the right treatment, concussions can take a few months to recover from. Repeat concussions can cause permanent brain damage, however.
It's important that you do exactly what your doctor says during the recovery process. Engaging in certain activities and failing to get the rest you need can make your condition worse and delay recovery.
Can I pursue compensation for a crash-related TBI?
Pursuing damages for a crash related concussion can be challenging. That's because concussions are often seen as mild in comparison to other TBIs. Insurance companies may take advantage of this bias when downplaying the extent of your injury.
It's important that you consult with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible and avoid speaking to the at-fault driver's insurance company. If you don't give them any statements, then they have less leverage against your claim.
Let an experienced Nashville attorney at Thompson Law deal with the insurance companies and negotiate for a fair financial settlement on your behalf. To get started on your claim, contact us online and schedule your free and confidential case consultation.