If you have been injured in a Bucks County or Philadelphia auto accident, you may have sustained a brain injury commonly known as a concussion. Bucks County personal injury lawyer Michael L. Saile, Jr. strongly recommends going to the emergency room or seeing your family doctor following a car accident to receive proper examination, testing, and diagnosis for concussion.
Usually caused by a blow to the head (your head hits the windshield, window or head rest), an auto accident concussion changes the function of your brain. Sometimes violent shaking of the head or upper body can cause a concussion. Do not simply assume that you do not have a concussion after your auto accident just because you may not have hit your head.
Every concussion injures your brain and some render you unconscious. Most of the time, people do not lose consciousness and the effects are temporary. Usually, you can fully recover with time and rest. You may notice any one or all of the following concussion symptoms:
• Impaired balance and coordination
• Difficulty concentrating
• Judgment is off
Interestingly, Mayo Clinic professionals indicate that amnesia, if any, “almost always involves the loss of memory of the impact that caused the concussion.”
Allow yourself to be checked by a medical professional for concussion if you have been involved in a Bucks County or Philadelphia auto accident. Emergency care is essential if you:
- Lose consciousness for more than one minute;
- Experience seizures;
- Vomit repeatedly;
- Have obvious mental impairment; or
- Experience loss of physical coordination
Symptoms of concussion can be immediate or take up to several days to appear and sometimes they last for weeks or longer. For this reason, the current recommendation is to visit your doctor within one or two days after your Bucks County or Philadelphia auto accident to be evaluated even if you did not require emergency care at a local hospital.
What can you do to recover from a concussion?
• Avoid physical activities that increase your heart rate
• Rest as much as possible
• Minimize focused attention activities like:
Computer or video games
The Bucks County personal injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you obtain compensation for your concussion injury in a Philadelphia area auto accident. For more information, get our FREE PA Car Accident Guide written by a personal injury lawyer for auto accident victims.