Concussions have been one of the most popular topics in recent years, thanks primarily to their prevalence in sports. Understanding some of the most common symptoms of concussions and head injuries can help New York residents avoid a dangerous medical situation following a car accident.
It’s common for people to have a hard time remembering the details of car accidents. Sometimes, the shock of such a traumatic event can make recalling the specifics difficult. However, car accident victims who struggle to remember what they were doing before the accident may be dealing with concussion symptoms. Additionally, if you find yourself forgetting things in the days following the accident, you should seek medical attention.
Concussions are considered “mild traumatic brain injuries,” or MTBIs. Any type of injury to your brain will likely cause headaches. If you notice that you’re suffering severe headaches for days after the crash, you may have suffered a concussion.
Changes to your sleep patterns
You may have heard it said that you shouldn’t let someone sleep after they have suffered a brain injury. While that is sound advice for the first 24 hours, everyone has to sleep at some point. Depending on the part of the brain impacted by the concussion, the individual with the head injury may have trouble falling asleep, or they may sleep too much.
Finally, dizziness is one of the most common signs of a concussion. The vestibular system, which is the part of the brain that controls your balance, is one of the parts of the brain the most commonly affected by a concussion.
If you notice any of these symptoms in the days or weeks following a car accident, you should seek medical attention as quickly as possible.