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Concussions are a serious injury in a collision. Most go undiagnosed

By Karnas Law Firm |

Concussions are a common injury in a motor vehicle collision, but most cases go untreated. Even in a minor motor vehicle crash, a concussion may occur. This is why it’s important to seek immediate medical attention in any type of motor vehicle collision.

What Are The Causes of a Concussion?

Car Accident ConcussionA concussion is caused by any cranial impact that causes a displacement of the brain relative to the skull[1]. The proceeding impact of the brain on the inside of the skull is what causes the injury. Concussion symptoms vary greatly in severity and can have lifelong impacts on your health. Here at Karnas Law Firm, we advocate proper concussion protocol to properly diagnose concussions in a collision.

Car Accidents Cause Concussions and Head Injuries

Car collisions are one of the leading causes of concussions in the United States. Car crashes are responsible for 17.3% of all diagnosed concussions[2]. This bears in mind that many of those who suffer a concussion in a crash do not seek medical attention or are simply not tested for one. Functions of the brain become altered after a concussion; however, the brain has little to no abnormalities in appearance.

What Are the Symptoms of a Concussion?

Typical concussion symptoms are:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Ringing ears
  • Nausea
  • Confusion/amnesia
  • Irregular sleep patterns
  • Mood changes
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Difficulty thinking
  • and seizures in extreme cases.

Symptoms of a concussion can be so subtle that they are nonexistent.

If you find yourself in a collision, get a professional opinion. Even if you do not exhibit any symptoms and are unsure of your condition, it’s worth it to get a professional medical opinion. Concussions get much more severe based on the frequency and severity of previously suffered brain traumas. The long-term health side effects of concussions are still largely unknown but have been linked to potentially fatal neurodegenerative brain diseases such as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and dementia.

Trust the Car Accident Attorneys in Yuma, Arizona

If you think you may have suffered a concussion in an accident, refer to the concussion symptoms test posted below.[3] If symptoms persist or worsen, seek immediate medical attention. Here at Karnas Law Firm, we advise our clients to undergo proper concussion protocol after a collision.

The car accident lawyers at Karnas Law Firm are here to help you recover the maximum amount available for all associated damages. With more than 25 years of experience representing injured accident victims in Arizona, we understand the stress of being injured as a result of a third party’s negligence. Our team can lift the burden of settling a personal injury claim from your shoulders and relentlessly fight for fair compensation.

If you’ve suffered any injuries in a collision, contact us. We are available in Tucson at (520) 338-1641 or at our Yuma location at (928) 550-8020. You can also email Olivia Gaxiola at ogaxiola@karnaslaw.com to set up an appointment.

To get started on your case, contact us today for a free case evaluation. We look forward to talking to you soon.

[1] Drew Demann & Gerald Leisman (1990) Biomechanics of Head Injury, International Journal of Neuroscience, 54:1-2, 101-117, retrieved from https://www.tandfonline.com/action/showCitFormats?doi=10.3109%2F00207459008986624
[2] MemoryHealthCheck. (2019). Concussion Symptom Test – MemoryHealthCheck. [online] Available at: https://www.memorylosstest.com/concussion-symptoms-test/ [Accessed 29 Oct. 2019].
[3] MyBrainTest. (2019). Free Concussion Test – MyBrainTest | MyBrainTest. [online] Available at: https://www.mybraintest.org/concussion-test-online/ [Accessed 29 Oct. 2019].