After your West Palm Beach car accident, you will be screened for injuries. Some injuries are obvious. Cuts, bruises, burns, and broken bones are easy to see and diagnose. You may also have internal injuries that are not immediately visible, but cause immediate symptoms. A pale color, thready pulse, or symptoms of shock alert doctors to look for internal injuries. Other injuries, such as whiplash and brain injuries, may take time to manifest.
Concussions are a common West Palm Beach accident injury. Unlike other injuries, you can't see a concussion or its symptoms. In fact, it is not uncommon for the first symptoms of a concussion to appear hours or even days after the actual injury.
- Feeling of pressure in the head
- Nausea or vomiting
- Confusion or foggy feeling
- Ringing in the ears
- Seeing stars
- Slurred speech
- Momentary loss of consciousness
- Amnesia about the accident
A concussion is a change in mental state that occurs when force is applied to the brain. Basically, the blow to the head shakes up the brain. It takes time for the brain to return to normal. While the brain is healing, the accident victim may suffer from post-concussion syndrome.
The symptoms of post-concussion syndrome appear seven to ten days after the Florida car accident injury, and may include:
- Mood changes
- Difficulty concentrating
The severity of post-concussion syndrome symptoms does not seem to be related to the severity of the initial injury. The symptoms of post-concussion syndrome may last for weeks to months after the West Palm Beach accident injury. In some cases, the symptoms can last for a year, or longer.
Anyone suffering from post-concussion syndrome should see a doctor. The doctor will screen for permanent damage (which is rare) and prescribe medication to help with the symptoms. He may also prescribe rest.
You may wonder how you can take time to rest when you have car repairs and medical bills to pay. It's true that West Palm Beach car crashes can be expensive. A Florida accident injury attorney can help. Contact West Palm Beach accident attorney David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525 to learn whether you are eligible for car accident compensation for your medical bills and other expenses. The initial consultation is free.