Rear-end Collisions Can Cause Serious Injury
Many drivers know what it feels like to experience an Atlanta rear-end collision in a vehicle. You might be driving on a highway and traffic conditions require that you slow down or stop, but the vehicle behind you plows into the back of your car or truck. You might be driving on a city street and a car or truck hits you from the rear. These rear-end collisions are very common. We know of accidents in which a vehicle is simply pulled over on the road shoulder for some reason, perhaps a medical emergency or a flat tire, for example. The occupants of the vehicle have been seriously or fatally injured because a driver is driving too fast, distracted or under the influence and hits the vehicle at high speed. Many people do not realize that even when their vehicle is struck from behind on a city street, they can suffer a concussion that is real and significant.
Concussion, mTBI and TBI After an Accident
If this happens to you, how do you know whether you have sustained a concussion, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI)? The symptoms for these injuries can be subtle at first. For example, if you are in a vehicle that is struck from behind, your head and neck can flex and extend. This can cause your brain to be jarred. The brain may hit the front and the back of the skull. You might feel a little dazed at first, but have no apparent sign of injury. It is even possible to have a scan that doesn’t reveal this type of injury.
In the days after an accident you might suffer various symptoms that are actually those of a TBI or mTBI. You might have moments of feeling confused or depressed. You might have difficulty concentrating. Things that were familiar might not seem familiar, like directions that you have known. Sometimes people with concussion have ear ringing, memory loss and other problems. These might continue for a while without medical intervention. These symptoms should be evaluated by a neurologist who can help determine what is happening to you and whether you have a TBI or an mTBI. You may appear to others to be normal, but in fact you are struggling with unseen symptoms.
Although a concussion may not be life threatening, it can be very serious. Sometimes concussion symptoms can last for a long while. There are several areas of impairment to watch for if you or someone you know may be suffering from a concussion. These include such things as the ability to recall or remember things that happened either before or after the concussion. Sometimes a concussion can cause a more vague feeling of “fogginess.” Another symptom can be headache or being disturbed by light or noise. Often those suffering from a symptom can experience depression, sadness or irritable moods. Difficulty with normal sleep can also be a symptom. More serious and obvious symptoms include constant headaches, coordination difficulties, nausea and abnormal speech patterns, such as slurring.
Getting Medical and Legal Support After an Injury Accident
Getting medical help after you have experienced a head injury of any kind is very important for recovery. Medical personnel can test for brain injury using scans and other clinical tests for cognitive functions, such as memory and concentration. The sooner you are diagnosed, the better because you will need rest and support to get better and hopefully return to normal function.
Seeking legal support from an experienced lawyer is also key when you have suffered a rear-end collision. This is because these accidents are often caused by the negligence of other drivers. Here at Scholle Law we can guide you through the process of healing from your injuries and holding those responsible accountable. Please contact us at any time for guidance and support. We provide a free evaluation for your case and in most cases we handle, we only get paid after you do.