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Your concussion may not be as minor as you think

If you suffered a head injury in a car accident, you may have a concussion. This is a relatively common type of injury in motor vehicle collisions, and they can range from minor to quite serious. For some, the true nature of a concussion injury is not immediately apparent. 

You may assume that your concussion is relatively minor, but you may find yourself dealing with symptoms and side effects that negatively impact various areas of your life. In your case, the injury you thought was minor may be much more serious than you assumed. California car accident victims who suffered any head injury would be wise to learn more about their specific type of injury, treatment options and what support they may need during recovery.

What to expect from your concussion 

A concussion is technically a traumatic brain injury. This means that it can impact your cognitive function on a serious level for an extended amount of time. It is actually quite common for some accident victims to have a concussion and not realize it. In the days and weeks after an impact, some of the most common side effects you may experience include:

  • Continual feelings of pressure in the head or lingering headaches
  • Confusion that does not go away and memory problems
  • Dizziness and ringing in the ears
  • Fatigue that does not go away and the inability to answer questions promptly

These are just a few of the ways your concussion can impact your life. As you can see, these effects go far beyond just your physical discomfort – they can make it difficult to work and live as you did before the accident. 

Some concussions can also bring about delayed symptoms that do not appear until weeks after the accident. This may include changes in temperament, trouble with sleep patterns and other types of psychological problems. Upon noticing these symptoms, an accident victim would be wise to seek immediate medical care.

Your recovery, your needs

What you need to get better and move forward after an accident depends on the extent of your specific injury. The nature of your concussion and your health at the time of the accident will determine what types of care and support you need for a full recovery. If your concussion was from an accident caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another person, you could have grounds to seek financial compensation for your pain and suffering through a personal injury claim.

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