There is a broad spectrum of symptoms when it comes to head and neck injuries, ranging from subtle to severe. Thanks to recent developments in medicine, medical professionals now recognize that even mild symptoms can point to a serious injury. If you’ve been in an accident and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, we strongly encourage you to talk to your doctor as soon as possible:
Many of these symptoms are subjective in that only you can feel them. The fact that they may not be obvious to others, doesn’t mean they aren’t real.
Head injuries range from mild to severe, but even mild head injuries can result in permanent damage, which is why our Atlanta head injury attorneys urge every client to seek immediate medical attention after an accident that involved trauma above the shoulders.
Anyone of these injuries can be very serious by itself. Together, they can have serious long-term consequences for your health.
About Traumatic Brain Injuries
The phrase “traumatic brain injury” is somewhat misleading as it is often assumed that these injuries are limited only to head injuries that require hospitalization. However, this is not the case. The CDC defines a traumatic brain injury as one that results in a “disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury.” Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) encompass many head and neck injuries including:
- Mild traumatic brain injuries include concussions and other injuries where you lost consciousness for 30 minutes or less.
- Moderate traumatic brain injuries are those where you lost consciousness anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours.
- Severe traumatic brain injuries are marked by a loss of consciousness for 24 hours or more.
Both moderate and severe brain injuries require hospitalization and you could be facing months or years of recovery, which results in overwhelming medical expenses and often an inability to work for an extended period of time. If you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury, you should speak with the Atlanta head injury attorneys at our firm to make sure your rights are protected. You may be able to take legal action to help pay your medical bills and compensate for your loss of function.
Whiplash Head and Neck Injuries After an Atlanta Car Accident
Whiplash is one of the most common neck injuries, often seen as the result of rear-end car accidents. It is caused by sudden, forceful back-and-forth movement of the head, resulting in a whip-like motion in the neck. Whiplash results in a strain of the muscles and ligaments in the neck and causes damage to the spinal discs and other parts of the neck. After an accident you may experience the following whiplash symptoms:
- Headaches at the base of the skull
- Stiffness and pain in the neck, shoulders, or upper back
- Tingling and numbness in the arms
- Loss of range of motion
While not life-threatening, whiplash can cause severe discomfort and leave you unable to work or take care of your family. Sometimes whiplash results in permanent damage if left untreated.
Recognizing Head and Neck Injuries After an Accident
Accidents are sudden, traumatic events. Immediately afterward your body is flooded with adrenaline as a way of protecting itself from further harm. Unfortunately, this surge of adrenaline can mask the symptoms of a head or neck injury. As a result, it’s not uncommon for people to feel “fine” immediately after their accident, only to begin experiencing symptoms several days later.
To further complicate matters, head injuries are difficult to recognize. We’re inclined to think that we’re just feeling “off” or maybe we didn’t sleep well. We tell ourselves that it will go away on its own, or that it’s not something to worry about. Left untreated, a head or neck injury can lead to permanent damage.
If you’ve been in an accident and suspect that you’ve suffered a head or neck injury, listen to your body and get a thorough medical exam after your personal injury accident. If your doctor confirms that you have a head or neck injury, the next step is to speak with the Atlanta head injury attorneys at Gilormo Injury Law.