Due to the sheer impact of a car collision, it is likely for those involved to pang their heads against a steering wheel, airbag, headrest, window, or even windshield. This pang may cause the brain to violently jolt against the skull, ultimately leading those involved to become concussed. Continue reading to learn whether you are concussed and how an experienced Washington, D.C. car accident lawyer at Simeone & Miller, LLP can help you receive the proper medical treatment.
How do I know if I am left concussed after a car accident?
You may not feel right in the days, weeks, or even months following your car accident. However, there are certain signs and symptoms of a concussion that you must look out for. Therefore, to know whether you have been left concussed after your car accident, you may want to ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I being bothered by bright lights and loud noises?
- Am I dealing with chronic headaches or pressure in my head?
- Am I feeling sluggish or groggy even after a full night of sleep?
- Am I struggling to sleep through the night with bouts of insomnia?
- Am I struggling to keep up with conversation or follow instructions?
- Am I struggling to recall the events prior to or after my car accident?
- Am I struggling to maintain my balance or experiencing fainting spells?
- Am I having mood swings, behavior changes, or even personality changes?
If the answers to the above questions are a resounding “yes,” then you must seek proper medical treatment.
What do I do to treat my concussion after my car accident?
You should automatically pick up the phone and dial 911 immediately following your car accident. The responding dispatcher may call an ambulance to the scene of your accident on your behalf. With this, EMTs and other first responders may run an initial medical examination of your bodily injuries, along with running initial concussion tests. More specifically, they may conduct a standardized assessment of concussion (SAC) test that evaluates your balance, immediate memory, concentration, etc.
From here, paramedics may load you onto an ambulance and transport you to the emergency room for additional testing. After this initial emergency room visit, you must continue to attend follow-up appointments and abide by your doctor’s orders.
Ultimately, this is all in an effort to obtain solid proof for your future personal injury claim. That is, medical documents and bills, along with testimony from your treating medical professional, may work to connect your concussion and its damages with the negligence of another party in your car accident.
Without a doubt, your next step should be to employ a skilled Washington, D.C. auto accident lawyer. So please reach out to us at Simeone & Miller, LLP immediately.