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Potential complications of untreated accident-caused concussions

On Behalf of | Sep 22, 2022 | Brain Injury

Being involved in an accident is a scary and stressful situation. Many people put off medical treatment after an accident because they feel “fine.”

Unfortunately, serious injuries, like concussions, may not show immediate symptoms. If you don’t get medical treatment, they can worsen and lead to serious complications. Learning these complications will help you understand why being evaluated by a doctor or medical professional after a car accident is so important. 

Post-concussive syndrome

Around 15% to 20% of people who experience a concussion in a car accident will have symptoms like thinking issues, headaches and dizziness for more than three weeks. It is considered post-concussive syndrome if the symptoms continue for more than three months. 

Post-traumatic vertigo

It’s possible to experience ongoing dizziness or spinning after a car accident. If this continues for weeks or months after an accident, it is classified as this condition and may lead to ongoing issues. 

Second-impact syndrome

While this is rare, if you experience a second concussion before the symptoms of a first concussion have resolved, the result can be fatal. Usually, this results in serious brain swelling that causes death. 

Effects of multiple brain injuries

It’s possible to experience several head injuries that don’t cause any symptoms. While there’s no scientific evidence of the cumulative effects of multiple brain injuries right now, ongoing studies are being conducted. If you continue to experience head trauma after a concussion caused by a car accident, it can lead to more issues in the future. 

Protecting your rights and health

Seeking medical treatment after a car accident is recommended to help protect your health. However, if you plan to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party, having medical proof of the incident will be beneficial.