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Concussion: Common car accident injury with serious side effects

A concussion is one of the most common injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident and is often dismissed as a minor injury. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury and can have serious side effects. Like other brain injuries, a concussion suffered in a Washington D.C. car accident will vary in how it manifests and impacts a victim, often depending on the severity of the impact.

Victims may not show any physical sign that they have been injured. Some side effects include nausea, dizziness, headaches, memory problems, vision issues and difficulty concentrating. These can affect a person's ability to work, sleep, drive and accomplish daily tasks without assistance.

Recovery from a concussion can take weeks, months or even longer. In the interim, the victim may not be able to work and may need special medical care. For others, a diagnosis of this type of brain injury may not come for days or weeks after the initial injury. Due to the unique nature of each concussion, it is crucial for a victim to seek the medical treatment needed for a full recovery.

In Washington D.C. and elsewhere, when a concussion is suffered in a car accident, it is critical to seek medical care as soon as possible. Additionally, it makes good sense to secure the assistance of a personal injury lawyer who can determine if there are legal grounds to move forward with a civil claim. Concussions may sometimes be dismissed initially as minor injuries, but an accident victim has every right to seek a full and fair recovery for monetary damages sustained. 

Source: biausa.org, "Concussion Information Center", Accessed on Nov. 15, 2016

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