Auto Accident Concussions Can Lead to Serious Long-Term Effects


January 10, 2012

Many people sometimes suffer head injuries resulting in potential concussions in motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls and sports accidents. It is not uncommon for a victim to dismiss a potential concussion as a mere “bump on the head” that will go away quickly.

However, concussions can have very severe long-term consequences including the onset of dementia and depression. Concussion injuries often result from a Georgia car crash or other accident and may have lasting and debilitating effects. Concussions are a form of traumatic brain injury that can range broadly in severity from minor to extremely serious and typically result from traumatic impact to the head. Even a minor concussion can temporarily impair brain functions including balance, coordination, memory, reflexes and speech.

A recent phone survey of former players in the NFL has resulted in renewed focus on the potential danger posed by concussion injuries. The NFL study revealed that retired football players were almost twenty times more likely to suffer early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s and other forms of impaired mental functioning. The recent study confirms prior studies that found similar long-term adverse effects associated with concussions, particularly conditions related to memory functioning.

Even minor concussions can interfere with the ability of the brain to function. Many people presume that a concussion only occurs when you are rendered unconscious by an accident like a Georgia car crash. However, a concussion involves any impact to the head or jostling of the head that results in you feeling dazed or knocks you unconscious. A blow of significant force to the head or shaking of the head may cause the brain to slide against the skull's rough surface. When the brain strikes the hard surface of the inner skull, nerve fibers can stretch and tear. The nerve damage that is caused brings about the symptoms of a concussion.

There are ways to reduce the risk of suffering a concussion in a Georgia car crash. The best approach is to always wear your seatbelt, which reduces the chance of a concussion caused by impact with the inside of the vehicle or the ground following a vehicle ejection. Surprisingly, studies reveal that you can reduce the risk of concussion from the head being forcefully jolted forward before it suddenly stops. A study published in the journal Pediatrics reveals that if a person is able to tense up their neck muscles, they may be able to minimize the whipsaw effect on the head and thereby reduce the incidence of concussion. While this may seem impractical, the advice actually may have value because many concussions occur at relatively low speeds.

If you or a close family member has been injured or you have experienced the loss of a loved one, the experienced Georgia auto accident concussion attorneys of Montlick and Associates are committed to providing our best efforts on behalf of those involved in Georgia car crashes. Our Georgia auto accident attorneys have been representing Georgia car crash victims for over 28 years. Our Georgia auto accident concussion lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 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 www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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