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What are some symptoms of a concussion?

Concussions have been in the news a lot lately as it pertains to professional football, but they're actually one of the more common injuries that can be suffered in a car accident. They can happen in a hard collision, when the brain keeps moving as the body abruptly stops, and the brain is injured and bruised within the skull.

Concussion symptoms can be different from case to case. Often, if a person loses consciousness, even for a short time, that's an indicator that he or she may have suffered a concussion.

Those who have concussions may also feel dizzy or sick, feel a pressure inside their heads, suffer from headaches and a ringing in the ears and have trouble remembering the event that caused the concussion. Other issues include feeling very sensitive to light, having problems with taste and smell, experiencing mood swings and getting tired easily.

Some symptoms don't show up right away. You may feel fine right after the car accident, save for a minor headache, and then find hours later that these issues start cropping up. Some people have reported experiencing the symptoms of a concussion days later, after thinking they hadn't been injured. The brain is very fragile and symptoms are not always the same, nor are they always predictable.

If you're involved in a car accident, it's crucial to know what symptoms to look out for. Even if initial treatment makes it look like you weren't hurt, you could end up back in the medical center with a concussion. You need to know how to seek compensation for all injuries that are related to the crash, no matter when the symptoms occur.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Symptoms," accessed Oct. 15, 2016

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