Being hit in the head may leave you feeling confused, be painful, and leave you with a headache, bump, or bruise. While some head injuries are a bit jarring but ultimately heal perfectly fine on their own, some accidents involving the head may cause a concussion. Concussions can be dangerous in some cases, and may even cause long-term damage. Here’s what you should know about concussions, the signs of a concussion, and whether or not damages from a concussion are recoverable in an accident claim— 

What Is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that occurs when the head is subject to force, commonly occurring, but not limited to, when your head comes in contact with a blunt object. For example, a concussion could occur if a person falls and makes contact with the ground, is tackled by another person (as is common in contact sports like football), or is hit with an object during an accident–such as hitting a window or dashboard during a car accident. A concussion can occur anytime the head and brain are moved rapidly back and forth. 

Signs of a Concussion

The signs of a concussion vary based on severity, and can also present differently based on the patient’s age. Some of the most common signs of concussion include:

  • Strong headache and feeling of pressure in the head
  • Inability to recall events directly preceding the blow to the head
  • Experiencing nausea or vomiting
  • Clumsiness and feeling disoriented or/and off-balance
  • Confusion and concentration problems
  • Changes in mood and behavior
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Blurred vision

In children, symptoms may include crying, change in sleeping patterns, vomiting, increased irritability, loss of balance, or seeming dazed or confused. 

What to Do if You Have a Concussion After a Car Accident

If you’ve been involved in a car accident and your head and brain were moved rapidly as a result of your head hitting an object or as a result of whiplash, you may have a concussion. Regardless of whether you have the symptoms of a concussion listed above or not, you should always seek medical care immediately following a car accident for the symptoms you are exhibiting. The signs of a concussion are not always immediately apparent, so seeking medical care helps to protect you from further harm. Above all, seeking medical care immediately after a car accident is important to ensure your well-being and that you get the care and treatment you need.  . 

How to File a Claim for a Head Injury 

If you do have a concussion or another type of injury that was directly caused as a result of your accident, you have the right to file a claim for damages. In order to recover compensation, you’ll need to prove causation (that your injuries were caused by the crash) and damages (the extent of financial and non-financial losses you’ve suffered as a result of your injuries). Recovering compensation will involve filing a claim against the appropriate insurance company. An attorney can help you to understand this process, the value of your claim, the elements you need to prove, and your right to negotiate a settlement.

Call Tetzel Law Today

At the office of Tetzel Law, our car accident attorneys are here to advocate for you. For a free consultation, call our law office directly at (617) 742-1700 today. You can also request your free consultation online.