Symptoms of Concussion after a Car Accident

Illinois accident attorney, Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois car crash lawyer, slip and fall lawyerA car accident can be a very life-changing event. As scary as car accidents always are, there is always the risk of developing physical problems following an accident. One of the most common injuries following a car accident is a concussion. If you have been injured in a car accident, you may not always know that you are suffering from a concussion, as this type of injury is often difficult to diagnose.

Signs of a Concussion

Symptoms of a concussion may not appear for weeks following a car accident. Research has shown that one incident of mild brain trauma or concussion is sustained every 21 seconds in the United States. Even though a concussion is fairly common, it is important to fully understand the signs of a concussion to properly treat the injury. Some of the symptoms of a concussion include but are certainly not limited to:

  • A sense of confusion;
  • Clumsiness;
  • Slurred speech;
  • Nausea and/or vomiting;
  • Headache;
  • Issues with balance;
  • Dizziness;
  • Blurred vision;
  • Sensitivity to light and noise;
  • Feeling sluggish;
  • Tinnitus, or ringing in ears;
  • Changes in mood, behavior, or personality;
  • Difficulty concentrating; and
  • Memory loss.

Types of Concussions

There are three different types of concussions: Mild (Grade 1), Moderate (Grade 2), and Severe (Grade 3). The concussion is based on factors that include amnesia and loss of consciousness and equilibrium. If a person suffers from a grade 1 concussion, then his or her symptoms last for no more than 15 minutes with no loss of consciousness.

A person experiences a grade 2 concussion if there is no loss of consciousness and symptoms of a concussion last for more than 15 minutes. When a person experiences a grade 3 concussion, he or she loses consciousness for as short as a few seconds. With this type of concussion, it is very important to seek medical advice immediately for observation and treatment, as well as for a doctor to better evaluate concentration and memory skills.

Call a Cook County Personal Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you can count on James A. Payonk, Jr., P.C., Attorney at Law for effective legal representation. For over 35 years, our Orland Park, IL car accident lawyers have assisted our clients in the Cook County area in various personal injury matters, and we are ready to assist you with your case. To schedule a free initial consultation, please call 708-633-6005 to get the help you deserve.


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