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Should I worry about my concussion after a car accident?

On Behalf of | Feb 7, 2023 | Car Accidents

Suffering a concussion in a car accident can be worrisome. Medical professionals would advise you to receive medical care no matter how minor your crash was. However, a concussion is generally non-life threatening.

Even so, it can lead to different symptoms that can affect your body, such as:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vision issues and light sensitivity
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue and Grogginess

A concussion can also cause symptoms that can impact your mind and emotional well-being, including:

  • Memory loss
  • Unable to think clearly
  • Anxiety and mood swings
  • Sleeping issues
  • Issues with concentrating

Usually, these symptoms appear right after the crash. However, they can also manifest hours or even days later. Concussion symptoms typically go away quickly. Patients tend to show improvements within one to two weeks.

Look out for danger signs

Extreme or persistent symptoms can signify serious health issues caused by your accident, such as internal bleeding or blood clots. Get emergency medical care as soon as possible if you experience the following danger signs:

  • Persistent or worsening headache
  • Weakness or numbness
  • Coordination issues
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Vomiting
  • Speech problems or unusual mannerisms
  • One eye has a larger pupil than the other
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Unusual drowsiness or inability to stay awake

Other health conditions can cause these symptoms. You might brush them off and refuse medical attention. However, your condition can worsen after the car accident.

Get yourself checked

Do not overlook your symptoms; get yourself checked right after the crash. You cannot be sure that you are uninjured unless you go to a hospital immediately. Additionally, they can give you instructions on how to alleviate symptoms and when to call emergency personnel.