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What are the most common symptoms of a concussion?

Every time you get behind the wheel of your car, you realize that you could be involved in an accident. If this happens, you need to check yourself for injuries and call for help, as to ensure that you receive immediate medical attention.

A concussion is one of the most serious car accident injuries, as it can result in a variety of additional health concerns.

Here are some of the many symptoms of a concussion:

  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Feeling of pressure in the head
  • Headache that won't go away
  • Dizziness and a feeling of being faint
  • Confusion, such as the inability to answer basic questions
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Seeing starts
  • Appearing dazed
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Delayed response in answering questions

While it's not uncommon for these symptoms to set in immediately after a car accident, this doesn't always hold true. For example, these signs of a concussion may not come into play for several hours.

Since a concussion is a serious injury that doesn't always result in immediate symptoms, it's better to be safe than sorry. If you hit your head in a motor vehicle accident, you should seek immediate medical care. A few tests (such as a CT scan and MRI) by a medical professional can go a long way in helping you understand your injury and the best treatment strategy.

Once you begin to heal, you can look back at your accident to better understand the cause and who was at fault. Depending on what you come across, you may find that learning more about your legal rights is the next step to take.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Concussion," accessed May 24, 2018

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