Are You Okay? - Concussions Following Vehicle AccidentsFebruary 19, 2013 | Category: Brain Injuries | Share
Every year, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) estimates 1.7 million people sustain a TBI (traumatic brain injury) most commonly, a concussion. Recently the news media has been covering TBIs in children's and major league sports, such as the NFL, and in high profile people, such as, Hilary Clinton's recent illness which resulted in a fall and concussion.
But many people "walk away" from vehicle accidents and when asked: "Are You Okay?" would answer "Yes". But this is not always the case. WebMD explains that "concussions are tricky to diagnose because you can't see them. The signs of a concussion may not appear for days or weeks after the injury and the symptoms could last just a few seconds or linger."
Florida Brain Injuries Attorney, Randall Spivey, Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. says, "The victim with a concussion following an accident may not recognize the signs and sometimes, it will be a family member or a loved one who first notices a decline in mental status after a serious head injury."
WebMD in their Brain and Nervous System Health Center lists some of the common signs of TBI:
- confusion or feeling dazed
- slurred speech
- nausea or vomiting
- balance problems or dizziness
- blurred vision
- sensitivity to light
- sensitivity to noise
- ringing in ears
- behavior or personality changes
- concentration difficulties
- memory loss
"Because TBIs are difficult to diagnose and don't necessarily appear right after an automobile accident, motorcycle accident, truck accident, boating accident, ATV accident or any accident, it's important to seek medical treatment immediately following the accident and not sign off with the insurance company. This 'hidden injury' can be devastating. Seek assistance from our Florida Brain Injuries Attorneys."
Fort Myers Personal Injury Lawyer, Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by less than 2 percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 1,500 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239. 337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.