A concussion is a relatively mild brain injury that, in car accidents, usually results from a blow or jolt to the head. But while a concussion isn’t a major traumatic brain injury, it can still cause discomfort and interfere with your daily life.
Symptoms of a concussion
You may experience the symptoms of a concussion right away, but other times they might take a few hours to appear. Keep an eye out for the following signs after your accident:
- Excessive fatigue
- Nausea or vomiting
- Memory problems
- Sensitivity to light
Effects of a concussion
For some people, the symptoms of a concussion are merely bothersome and short-lived. For others, however, a concussion can make it difficult and even impossible to go about their daily lives. Severe symptoms can keep you from work and make your life miserable. The symptoms can last months, even years. A new study may have determined the reason why.
Study reveals lasting brain damage
Doctors discovered that receiving a single concussion may lead to lasting brain damage. They compared the brain matter of a group of concussed individuals with a group of non-concussed individuals. Their findings showed that the concussed group’s brains suffered a significant loss of brain matter.
The study revealed that major traumatic brain injuries are not the only brain injuries to have a lasting impact on your life. Just one concussion can change the structure of your brain and cause long-term symptoms, which can affect you for months, even years.
Get the help you need
If you experience concussion-like symptoms after a car accident, it’s crucial that you see a doctor right away and keep track of your symptoms as they progress. A brain injury as mild as a concussion can escalate if your symptoms are ongoing or debilitating. Filing a claim can help you get the compensation you deserve for any financial damages or pain and suffering that a concussion has caused you.