Many people do not realize that after an Atlanta car accident they may experience symptoms that are due to a mild head injury. Sometimes these injuries can present subtle symptoms such as headache, fatigue or mild dizziness which are actually symptoms of a concussion. The injured person may not attribute these issues to the accident, for example a rear-end collision. It is very important to know what to look for and to seek both medical and legal advice as soon as possible. We share with readers some of the reasons why this is so important and what new research is revealing about the long term impact of these injuries.
Across the United States annually, about three million patients visit the emergency room for a traumatic brain injury. These numbers don’t account for the many people who suffer concussions, but do not seek medical attention. For those who do visit urgent care or an ER, often the diagnosis will be mild trauma or mTBI. TBI’s sustained in a car accident can result in injuries to the driver and/or passengers that might not seem of great concern at first. Mild concussions were once thought to fully resolve on their own and not to result in long term issues. However, with 3-D imaging technologies, scientists are learning more about the affect of mild head trauma and the long term impact of mTBI that used to be thought of as insignificant. The findings reveal that both dementia and Parkinson’s Disease can result from earlier head trauma, perhaps from an auto accident or a fall.