A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can have a significant impact on brain function, even though the effects are usually temporary. It can be the result of a blow to the head or a violent shaking of the head and upper body, both of which can occur in pedestrian accidents. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a concussion following such an accident is crucial for prompt and appropriate medical intervention.
How to Identify the Signs of a Concussion Following a Pedestrian Accident
A concussion occurs when the brain experiences trauma. As a result, there is a temporary impairment of its functions. While concussions are usually not life-threatening, they can still have various impacts on a person’s well-being. Those who have sustained a concussion may have symptoms including:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory issues
- Balancing and coordination issues
- Blurred or double vision
- Light and noise sensitivity
- Ringing in the ears
- Mental fog
If you are concerned that a friend, family member, or loved one may have sustained a concussion in a pedestrian accident, there are certain signs to look for:
- Memory loss: The person may have trouble recalling events before or after the accident.
- Dazed appearance: The person may seem dazed or stunned, as if in a mental fog.
- Confusion: The person may appear confused about where they are, what happened, or what is happening.
- Clumsy movements: The person may seem extra clumsy or unsteady due to the concussion impacting their coordination.
You may also observe the person slurring their speech or being slowed or delayed when they answer any questions you ask them. Personality change is another common head injury symptom, so be on the lookout for out-of-character irritability, agitation, or other mood changes.
It is also important to note that some of these signs and symptoms may appear soon after the injury, but the full extent of the concussion may not be immediately apparent. In some cases, symptoms may not surface until hours or even days later. This only works to underscore the importance of continuing to monitor for signs of concussion, both immediately after the accident and in the days that follow.
If you suspect a concussion following a pedestrian accident, seek immediate medical attention. A neurological examination will likely take place to evaluate things like vision, hearing, strength, sensation, balance, coordination, and reflexes. Imagining studies, such as a CT scan or an MRI may also be performed to rule out any serious brain injury.
Depending on the severity of the concussion, observation may be necessary. Sometimes, a person may need to be hospitalized overnight for observation. Others may be observed at home. Caregivers may be instructed to periodically awaken the injured person to make sure they can awaken normally.
Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, get the medical attention you need and get the legal help you need to most effectively pursue your right to be fully compensated for the harm you have suffered. Reach out to the dedicated legal team at Cooper, Schall & Levy. Contact us today.