What Concussion Symptoms Should I Look For Following a Car Accident?


In New Jersey, one of the most common injuries sustained in car accidents is a concussion. Although many people believe concussions are not serious, as they’re classified as “mild” traumatic brain injury (TBI), this type of head injury should be taken seriously as it can have long-term consequences if left untreated. In some cases, it can result in permanent brain damage. That said, it’s crucial to know the symptoms and warning signs of a concussion to ensure you get the treatment you need. If you’ve suffered a concussion in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, it’s in your best interest to contact a compassionate Essex County Auto Accident Attorney who can help you fight for the compensation you need to get your life back on track. 

What Are the Signs of a Concussion After a Collision? 

As mentioned above, a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that occurs when the brain is jolted or violently shaken inside the skull. Rapid movement due to the force impact of a collision causes brain tissue to change shape, which can damage brain cells and tear nerve fibers. This can alter a person’s brain chemistry. Although concussions are usually not life-threatening, the effects of a concussion can be severe as the brain is the body’s control center. The severity of a concussion is categorized using a grading system:

  • Grade 1 (mild concussion): An individual does not lose consciousness, but they experience temporary amnesia for less than 30 minutes.
  • Grade 2 (moderate concussion): An individual suffers a loss of consciousness for less than 5 minutes, as well as amnesia between 30 minutes and 24 hours.
  • Grade 3 (severe concussion): An individual suffers a loss of consciousness for more than 5 minutes or suffers amnesia for more than 24 hours.

Unfortunately, victims are often unaware that they are suffering from a concussion because the symptoms may be subtle or delayed. If you experience any of the following symptoms following a car accident, you should seek immediate medical attention:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Blurry vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Slurred speech
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Balance or coordination issues
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Memory issues
  • Sleep issues

If left undiagnosed, you risk further complications, especially if you’ve been diagnosed with a concussion previously. You could potentially develop post-concussion syndrome, which is a complex disorder that can result in various physical, cognitive, and emotional symptoms that could persist for years after the initial car accident. Often, victims neglect to understand the risk of re-injury. Repeated concussions can have a long-lasting impact on your health and overall well-being.

Ultimately, it’s important to take any head injury seriously after an accident and seek medical attention to ensure you receive the treatment you need. If you or someone you love has suffered a concussion as a result of a negligent driver, please don’t hesitate to contact a determined Essex County auto accident attorney, who can help you get the compensation you deserve for the damages you’ve endured. At the Law Offices of Christopher T. Howell, Esq., we are prepared to represent your interests. Contact us today to discuss your case.