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Taking Care Of Somebody Who’s Been Concussed in a Car Accident: Part 1
Concussions are currently a major point of alarm for athletes, their coaches and their parents. This concern may be warranted, but athletic injuries are far from the only source of concussions. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that car accidents cause 14.3 percent of traumatic brain injuries.
The recovery process can be long and difficult for those concussed in car accidents. Caretakers play a critical role in diagnosis, symptom management and improving general of quality of life. In this series, we’ll explore steps you can take to support a loved one dealing with a car crash induced concussion.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
With concussions—as with most injuries—quick diagnosis is always better. The car accident alone should obviously indicate possible trouble. Look for the following common symptoms:
- Brief loss of consciousness
- Slurred speech
- Failure to remember the event that led to the concussion
Victims may not exhibit memory or concentration problems until several days have passed. With time, light sensitivity, sleep disturbances or personality changes may also emerge. Watch vigilantly for signs of second-impact syndrome, in which an additional concussion causes rapid swelling and symptoms mimicking the initial concussion—but worse. If you suspect a second concussion, get your loved one to the emergency room ASAP.
Seek prompt medical attention as soon as you note the symptoms outlined above. Additional resources for Atlanta area concussion victims and their caregivers include:
- Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
- Brain Injury Association of Georgia
- Emory Support Group
- Mild Brain Injury Support
Have you or a loved one suffered a concussion due to a negligence-based car accident? The team at Smith, Wallis, and Scott can help you recover the damages you deserve. Call us to schedule a consultation.