A concussion occurs in approximately 60% of every motor vehicle accident. Despite what insurance adjusters may tell you, a concussion is, in fact, a traumatic brain injury.
Concussions are generally separated into three categories. In a level one concussion, there is no loss of consciousness and the victim is able to recall the accident. In a level two concussion, the victim is unable to recall the accident which indicates a short-term loss of consciousness. In a level 3 concussion, the victim is rendered completely unconscious at the time of the accident.
Concussions can have long term ramifications. Early diagnosis and treatment of concussions is extremely important.
Severe concussions will show up on a brain scan and in many cases will be indicated by bleeding on the brain. Less severe concussions may not be picked up on a brain scan and are diagnosed by symptoms the victim is experiencing, as well as a description of the accident.
Concussion symptoms can vary wildly. We have had clients who had a concussion so severe that it rendered them completely incapacitated for weeks or even months. It is now well documented that even minor concussions can leave a victim susceptible to additional and more damaging concussions in the future.
When there are no brain scan symptoms, the subjectiveness of a concussion diagnosis can leave a claim of concussion on dubious ground unless alternative diagnosis is pursued. Some of the better and more creative alternative diagnosis arises from audiology and visual testing.
The diagnosis testing should follow the accident by only 1-3 days if possible. If you believe that you have sustained a concussion in an accident, we are able to get you to the appropriate medical expert to ensure a proper diagnosis and treatment for your injury.