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Concussion symptoms after a car accident: Beware of vomiting

January 24, 2013 by Steven M. Gursten

This might not be the prettiest thing to think or talk about, but it is serious and important. I’m a brain injury attorney and a football fan (Go Blue, Go Lions). Unfortunately, I see the two worlds meet too often.

There are lessons to be learned from how concussions and brain injuries are detected and treated after sports, lessons I apply in my practice helping car accident victims who have been injured. One of these lessons is to recognize and understand the symptoms of a concussion in the moments immediately after the violent event or blow to the head.

A common symptom that should never be overlooked is vomiting by the victim. Watch this video from a game between the University of Arizona vs. University of Southern California on October 27, 2012.

The coach for Arizona is Rich Rodriguez, former coach of the University of Michigan Wolverines. Rather than take the injured quarterback, Matt Scott, out of the game and evaluated for a head injury, Coach Rodriguez simply called a time out, then sent the ailing quarterback back in for the very next play.

What is more disturbing is that even after the USC game, and in the following week, Matt Scott was apparently never treated or evaluated for a possible traumatic brain injury. In fact, he was sent back out the very next week, where he again started vomiting. Only then, more than a week after the initial concussion, and after suffering what was confirmed to be a second concussion, was Matt Scott removed from the game by Rich Rodriguez.

The Mayo Clinic advises anyone suspected of suffering a concussion be seen by a doctor, and further advises that if nausea or vomiting is observed, the victim be taken to the emergency room immediately.

So if you have been in a serious car accident, and are experiencing vomiting after you hit your head, see a doctor now. You can also call the attorneys at Michigan Auto Law for free legal advice and to learn about your rights. (800) 777-0028.

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