Car crashes can be terribly emotional events. If you’ve ever been in one, then you know that they can kick in the “fight or flight” response, sending adrenaline throughout your entire body. Adrenaline is a very strong response that can block pain for hours or even days in some cases. While this may be good in some cases, in the case of a car crash, it is not.
Car accidents can be frightening events, but the body doesn’t differentiate between a car accident at 12:00 noon on a beautiful summer day and a real-life threatening situation, like an alligator swimming 6-feet away from you on a Florida beach. In effect, you can sustain a head injury or a concussion in a car accident and be completely oblivious of what just happened.
In fact, it’s not uncommon for people to be in a crash and to climb out of their car and claim, “I’m okay, I’m not injured!” However, once the adrenaline wears off, the pain starts to set in. While soft tissue injuries are common in most car accidents, even low-speed crashes, perhaps a bigger concern is a concussion, which can be caused by a blow to the head or by a sudden jolt that shakes the brain, banging it against the skull.
Signs & Symptoms of a Concussion
Some of the signs of a concussion are obvious from the start, such as nausea and vomiting. Other signs, are less noticeable and can take days to manifest. Signs and symptoms of a concussion, include but are not limited to:
- Sensitivity to noise and light
- Ringing in the ears
- Sleep problems
- Slurred speech
If you were recently in an auto accident and you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you could be suffering from a concussion. You should seek medical attention without delay, and contact our firm to meet with a MWLO attorney. Let us help you seek the compensation you deserve!