A concussion is a very serious and common injury for Michigan auto accident victims. Below are some frequently asked questions about concussion, designed to help you seek and receive the best care possible for concussions.
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Q. What is a "concussion"?
A. A concussion is one of the most common closed head injuries for car accident or truck accident victims to suffer.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a "concussion," which is also known as a "traumatic brain injury," is a "brain injury that may result in a bad headache, altered levels of consciousness, or unconsciousness."
Q. What causes a concussion?
A. Traffic accidents are one of the most common causes of closed head injuries, especially concussions or traumatic brain injuries, according to the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It is easy to see how a concussion can result from a car or truck accident. For example, in a car crash, a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body of an accident victim causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth, according to the CDC. Even if the skull is not fractured, the brain can bang against the inside of the skull and be bruised, according to the NIH.
Q. What should I do if I think I have a concussion?
A. Emergency medical treatment for concussion is often necessary. Seek immediate medical attention after any significant blow to the head. And remember, symptoms of concussion may not be immediately apparent. Watch closely for subsequent physical, mental and emotional changes.
In addition, tell a family member or a close friend if you've experienced any type of head trauma, as head trauma can often result in memory loss.
Q. What effects can a concussion have?
A. Aside from a bad headache, unconsciousness, or altered levels of consciousness, a concussion may interfere with how an auto accident victim’s brain works, affecting memory, judgment, reflexes, speech, balance, coordination and sleep patterns, as said by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Q. Can the effects of a concussion be permanent?
A. Despite being relatively common among accident victims, concussions can be serious and severe. A significant number of concussion suffers — 1 in 10 — can have permanent cognitive deficits or emotional injury (NIH; CDC).
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