A concussion is a brain injury. This is an important distinction to make, as people have begun taking these injuries far more seriously in recent years. You can especially see this in the sports realm, and especially in the NFL, but it’s something that has impacted society as a whole. We know a lot more about the long-term damage a concussion can cause. 

For most people, the greatest chance of getting a concussion is in a car accident. You could be driving, walking, running or riding your bike. If you get hit by another driver and strike your head, you may wind up with a concussion. It happens when your brain strikes the inside of your skull, causing injury even though the brain is never exposed. 

Wondering if you have a concussion? Some symptoms you may want to look for include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • A ringing in your ears
  • Sensitivity to sound
  • Nausea and dizziness 
  • Vomiting 

At the time that you experience the concussion, you may also lose consciousness. This typically happens for a very short time — perhaps just a second or two — but could also last for minutes. It is typical to feel confused after this, as you may not realize how long you were out or you may have forgotten things that happened even before you lost consciousness. 

Regardless of exactly what symptoms you experience, it is true that concussions are incredibly serious and there is mounting evidence that they can have a long-term impact on brain health. Make sure you know exactly what options you have to seek compensation if you get injured in a car accident. Your financial losses can be considerable after an injury, and a civil claim may be the best way to mitigate them.