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How Long Could Your Concussion Last Following a Car Accident?

December 16, 2015

Concussions are serious injuries that can occur during even low speed car accidents. Car manufacturers have taken steps to design safer vehicles, but your head remains vulnerable in the event of a serious crash. Even when the airbag deploys, head injuries can occur. If you have been injured in a crash, it is important that you know how long head injuries can last. Below, we take a look at the long term effects of a concussion.

The Duration of a Concussion

The long term effects of a concussion will likely depend upon the severity of the injury. Concussions can be classified on a three point scale, with Grade I concussions being mild, Grad II considered moderate, and Grade III severe.

Concussion Symptoms

If you have been involved in a car accident and suspect you have sustained a head injury, it is critical that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. At times, concussion symptoms will not manifest immediately. Prompt medical attention is always best, but if you experience symptoms days or even weeks after the accident, be sure to act immediately.

Some concussion symptoms to watch out for include, but are not limited to:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling "in a fog"
  • Irritability

Concussion symptoms can linger if you do not allow the brain adequate time to recover. Returning to work, resuming certain activities, and the like can cause concussions to not heal properly. To ensure you are fully recovered, your doctor can examine your brain using an MRI. This will allow your physician to see any chemical or physical changes in the brain.

After your concussion is diagnosed, your doctor will dictate a treatment plan that will likely include a period of rest, along with medication and potentially cognitive and physical therapy. It is essential that those suffering from a concussion protect their heads from subsequent injury, as head injuries while a concussion is still healing can prove catastrophic. Even following a treatment protocol, the sufferers of severe concussions cannot expect their symptoms to fully resolve in a short amount of time.

Anyone who has sustained a concussion injury in a car accident should consult with a licensed attorney as soon as possible.  An attorney will evaluate the facts and circumstances of your case as well as take the necessary steps to protect your rights. You should be able to file a personal injury action against the at fault driver to compensate you for your damages associated with the accident.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Put Our Over 37 Years of Experience to Work on Your Case!

Concussions can be serious injuries that should always be investigated and treated. If you have been injured in an automobile accident, contact the Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our firm helps accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast and has over 37 years of experience in assisting injured accident victims. The sooner you act after the accident, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.



Category: Auto Accidents

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