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What Are the Long-Term Effects of a Concussion from a Car Accident?

 Posted on October 23, 2020 in Car Accidents

IL accident lawyerAny type of head injury can be serious, since it usually impacts the brain. A concussion occurs when there is trauma to the head, which affects the brain. This type of trauma can include a blow to the head or violent shaking, both of which may occur in a car accident. Individuals who suffer severe or multiple concussions can have negative long-term effects. Receiving prompt and proper medical care is key to recovering and mitigating permanent damage. In some cases, a negligent party may be at fault for causing a vehicle collision. If you or your loved one is suffering due to a concussion injury after a crash, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you seek compensation for your rehabilitation.

Future Problems

When two vehicles collide, the force of the impact can be devastating. Drivers or occupants in the automobiles can strike the dashboard, windows, or doors. In some instances, they can become pinned between the seat in front of them or even be ejected from the car. In all these scenarios, hitting their heads on a hard surface within the vehicle or on pavement cause a concussion.

Although some symptoms of a concussion may not seem that serious, they can develop over time and greatly hinder a victim’s ability to perform everyday activities. A few of the long-lasting conditions may include:

  • Mental impairment: Memory and decision-making skills based on reason and critical thinking can be altered. Patients may have difficulty staying focused on what they are reading or memorizing. Reasoning skills may become flawed and sense of logic can fail.
  • Impaired processing of sensory input: Concussion victims may experience blurred vision or impaired hearing if the back of the head was injured. In some situations, they can lose spatial awareness and have mobility problems.
  • Abnormal brain impulses: People who are concussed often have more “slow-wave” activity on an EEG, which can lead to minor symptoms such as mood swings, lack of concentration, or trouble sleeping, or more serious conditions including depression.
  • Decreased fine motor skills: Hand-eye coordination and balance may be difficult after a concussion.
  • Speech problems: Those who suffer a concussion may experience difficulty with talking and understanding what others are saying, as well as reading and writing.
  • Nerve degeneration: Studies show that brain injuries can increase a person’s risk of developing a neurodegenerative disease such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Contact a DuPage County Personal Injury Attorney

Although the majority of concussions heal over time, some can have long-lasting consequences. The Law Offices of David W. Clark, P.C., have been helping victims of all types of accidents for more than 20 years pursue compensation for their damages, including extensive medical expenses. Our seasoned Bloomingdale car accident lawyers will make sure your rights are protected every step of the way so you can get on with your life. Call us today at 630-665-5678 to arrange your free consultation.


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