Sandra was rear-ended while stopped at a red light. The sudden impact caused her neck to be thrown forward, and then backwards, hitting the headrest. Sandra was late to an appointment, and because her bumper only had a small dent, she exchanged information with the careless driver, and went on her way.
The next day, she woke up with a headache. She took over-the-counter pain medication, and tried to go about about her daily living. Over the next couple days, the headaches got progressively worse. She was having trouble concentrating at work. Her husband complained that she had not been herself since the collision. He said she had been acting forgetful and irritable.
At the urging of her family, she finally made an appointment with a neurologist. He explained to her that she sustained a concussion. He further explained that traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions, are common following a motor vehicle collision. Her neurologist prescribed a treatment plan, and the headaches gradually resolved over a couple months.
Do not let a seemingly low property damage fool you- even in “minor” collisions it is still possible to sustain a closed head injury such as a concussion.
Up to 75% of traumatic brain injuries do not appear on radiological studies. Such injuries can have permanent consequences, especially if not treated properly. If you have any of the following symptoms after a car accident, you should consult a neurologist immediately:
• Memory loss
• Hearing or vision loss
• Sleep loss
The personal injury team at Dross Berman LLC has experience representing victims of traumatic brain injuries and has worked with many of the best neurologists in the DMV area. If you are the victim of an accident, and believe you may have a traumatic brain injury, call our office for a free consultation to explain your rights under the law.