Driving around in your neighborhood, you never thought that you’d be at much of a risk of getting into a crash. While Florida does have a busy traffic flow, you were also focused on doing what you could do to avoid traffic jams and busy times of the day. You tried to avoid going out when it wasn’t necessary.
Unfortunately, if you do get into a crash, it’s possible that you could end up with a concussion due to hitting your head or the impact jarring you.
Concussions can have a lasting impact
The truth about concussions is that they can be more serious than you think. While a mild concussion might only take a few weeks to totally resolve, moderate or acute concussions could take months or years. Some may never fully resolve, leading to all kinds of symptoms.
In the short-term, some of the signs of a concussion include:
- “seeing stars”
- Ringing in the ears
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Blurry vision
These symptoms are usually red flags that signify that someone has suffered from a concussion. In the long-term, however, some symptoms could remain.
Some of the longer-term effects caused by concussions include:
- Post-concussive syndrome, which up to 20% of people may have after suffering from a concussion. This syndrome causes dizziness, thinking difficulties, headaches and other symptoms for three weeks or more following an injury. Once the symptoms go beyond three months, they are called persistent post-concussive symptoms.
- A risk of second-impact syndrome. If your concussion isn’t healed completely and you get another concussion, there is a risk of rapid, potentially deadly brain swelling.
If you get a concussion in a car accident, the best thing to do is to seek medical attention right away. Getting medical attention will help you start to treat the condition and minimize the longer-term symptoms. Early treatment may also prevent long-term complications.
After you receive treatment, it is worth looking into making a claim against the driver who hit you. If they caused the crash, then they could be held liable for any injuries caused by it.