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Concussion Injuries From Florida Collisions

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), automobile accidents account for a quarter of all concussions or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). A concussion occurs when a blunt impact or momentum causes a person’s head to jerk back and forth. As a result of that movement, the person’s brain moves inside their skull, resulting in the organ becoming concussed. With some people, symptoms of a concussion may only appear for seconds or minutes. Then again, they may not appear for days or weeks after an accident.

Negligence Can Lead To Concussions

It is well known that certain sports activities like football and boxing can cause concussions, but for most of us, a concussion is a result of negligence. Some examples of negligent incidents include:

● Automobile accidents
● Motorcycle accidents
● Bicycle accidents
● Slip and falls
● Physical assaults
● Accidents at the workplace

Concussion’s Potential For Serious Damage

The greatest misconception is that in order to have a concussion or TBI, you have to hit your head. This is not the case as even strong jolt can cause a concussion. This is due to the fact that our brains are cushioned by a special substance known as cerebrospinal fluid. When you receive a concussion, your brain loses its support, which can cause bruising of the brain cells as well as damage to the blood vessels and cranial nerves. That can lead to short- or long-term damage.

Short-term damage includes:

● Headaches
● Delayed responses to questions
● Dizziness
● Brain fog
● Ringing in your ears
● Nausea and vomiting
● Blurred vision

Long-term damage includes:

● Memory issues
● Personality changes
● Sleep issues
● Chronic insomnia
● Sensitivity to light and noises
● Psychological problems

It is vital that you see a medical provider after an accident because even if you feel okay, it may take some time for a concussion to become apparent. Even if you see a medical provider and you are given an MRI or a CT scan and the results are negative, that does not mean you do not have a concussion. Often, a CT scan or MRI cannot pick up the microscopic lesions that cause damage to the brain.

Other Injuries Can Occur With Concussions

Other head injuries that can indicate head trauma include:

• Scalp Wounds – Usually, a victim with a concussion will also have a lacerated scalp that is bleeding or some tissue damage.
• Secondary Concussion – Although you already had a concussion that is starting to heal, you can suffer a second concussion easily if your brain is shaken again.
• Closed Injuries – These include hematomas, contusions to the brain, and subdural hemorrhages that can occur and be difficult to spot. These can all prove fatal if not addressed immediately by a physician.

Concussion Diagnosis And Treatment

It is important to see a doctor after your accident to ensure you are alright and to have baseline tests done in case you have issues in the future. Seeing a doctor can also help protect you in case you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit with the help of a Florida personal injury attorney. By doing so, you demonstrate that you were concerned about your injuries, and you can provide evidence that you practiced due diligence. Due diligence means that an inspection will be done to make sure you took reasonable steps to ensure your physical well-being.

Protect Your Rights After A Concussion

If you or a loved one has received a concussion as a result of an accident that was not your fault, it is important that you partner with a qualified personal injury attorney. You do not have to navigate life after your injury alone. Your attorney will serve as your representative when dealing with liable parties, insurance companies, and, if necessary, a judge or jury.

For more than 30 years, All injuries Law Firm, P.A. has represented thousands of clients just like you. Our network of medical experts and providers truly cares about each of our clients and wants to maximize your recovery. You deserve to have someone by your side. Call us today for a free consultation.