Concussions are not limited to injuries on the sports fields. In Alaska and across the country, some of the most frequent car accident injuries are concussions. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury, and it can be mild or severe. The mistake many make is not to go for a medical examination after an accident if they have no apparent injuries, not realizing that the effects of concussions can linger.
The impact of a crash can cause the brain to smash against the walls of the skull, causing bruising or bleeding. Symptoms sometimes develop hours or days later, and recognizing them is crucial -- even if they seem mild. Once a concussion is diagnosed, lingering consequences could be prevented. Some of the symptoms that could become evident in time include sleep disturbances, concentration problems, sensitivity to light and noise, memory problems and more.
Neurological tests will likely be where the medical tests will start. These tests will include checks of hearing, vision, sensation, strength, coordination, balance and reflexes. Diagnostic imaging tests such as an MRI will be done if the accident victim has seizures, severe headaches, unrelenting excessive vomiting or other severe symptoms.
Sometimes, treatment is avoided because of the potential medical expenses. However, if the accident that caused the brain injury was the result of another party's negligence, financial relief could be pursued through the state's civil justice system. An experienced Alaska personal injury attorney can provide the necessary support and guidance throughout the ensuing legal proceedings. A successful civil lawsuit might lead to a monetary judgment to cover medical expenses, lost income and other financial and emotional damages.