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Concussions

By David Peel

Brain injuries can result from car crashes where no cut or bruise is on the head.   The violent jerking of a rear-end collision, for example, can imitate the well-known “shaken baby syndrome.”

Diagnostic tests typically will not show any changes on them unless a brain bleed is present.  Most often a CT Scan is used to rule out a more significant injury.

Many doctors just refer to this as “getting your bell rung.”   But symptoms, like headaches, vision issues, loss of time and confusion may indicate a brain injury.

The following are concussion symptoms:

Prolonged headache

Double vision

Dizziness; balance off

Nausea and/or vomiting

Confusion

Difficulty concentrating

Memory loss, usually short term

Ringing ears called tinnitus

Sensitivity to light

Feeling overwhelmed when it’s loud

Loss of smell or taste

Personality change

Fatigue

Depression

If any of these occur after a blow to the head, or a whiplash, a neurologist or neuropsychologist should be consulted as soon as possible.

Peel seeks justice for those injured in tractor trailer and car accidents, medical malpractice, and disability. He often addresses churches, clubs and groups without charge. Peel may be reached through PeelLawFirm.com wherein other articles may be accessed.

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