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Brain injury symptoms

You can get a concussion in a South Carolina car accident if your brain bounces around in your head. This can damage cells or cause an imbalance in the brain. Concussions can occur if your body experiences a sudden bump.  You may not feel the full effects of a concussion for one or two days after your car accident occurred.

Post-concussion syndrome after a South Carolina Car Accident

While most concussions happen when you are harmed by a blow to your head but can also be caused by the force of your car stopping and starting quickly.

Post-concussion symptoms can last for a year or more after your South Carolina car accident. The symptoms of the post-concussion syndrome include:

  1. Difficulty concentrating
  2. Concentration or Memory Loss: You may have difficulty remembering new information or trouble concentrating. You may also feel confused.
  3. Dizziness
  4. Sleeping: You may experience trouble falling asleep. In the alternative, you may sleep too much or not sleep enough.
  5. Anxiety
  6. Headaches: You may experience more headaches than usual, but this can be treated with headache medicine such as Tylenol. If you experienced migraines before your concussion, they may become more severe.
  7. Irritable: You may have sudden outbursts of temper or be easily irritated.

Your medical professional can run tests and come up with a treatment plan to help you handle the period after your South Carolina car accident.

Additionally, it’s been documented that women may need a longer time to recover from a concussion than men. Some researchers believe this is due to the fact that women have smaller necks, and more issues with vision after suffering a concussion.

It’s important that you not ignore any symptoms associated with post-concussion syndrome, as this is a potentially serious condition, and could indicate that your brain has been damaged in some way. Make sure you seek medical treatment if you experience any of the above symptoms after your South Carolina car accident, and document all the costs involved in your treatment.

Concussion symptoms that can be life-threatening

While very rare, it’s possible a hematoma could form on your brain. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the following symptoms after their South Carolina car accident you should seek medical treatment immediately.

  1. You can’t be awakened
  2. Convulsions
  3. Vomiting
  4. Numbness anywhere in your body
  5. One of the pupils in your eyes becomes larger than the other
  6. Weakness in your muscles that you consider to be excessive
  7. Slurred speech
  8. Seizures
  9. Excessive sleepiness

Treatment for a concussion after your South Carolina Car Accident

It’s possible that your physician sent you home with a list of instructions regarding the concussion you suffered in your South Carolina car accident. The most common instructions include:

  1. Make sure a friend or loved one monitors your mental status
  2. Rest: This includes not watching TV, read, using your cell phone, or exercise.
  3. Signs of being lethargic
  4. Be aware: It’s advised that you stay awake 12-24 hours following your concussion, or, in the alternative, has someone wake you up every 90 minutes to 2 hours.

South Carolina damages for a concussion caused by a Car Accident

The only way to claim damages for your concussion is if it was directly related to your South Carolina car accident. Make sure your physician knows that you got your concussion in a car accident so that he can make a note of it in your medical records.

Because your concussion was due to a South Carolina car accident, your claim for damages can include medical expenses, lost wages, damage to your vehicle, and pain and suffering. 

A qualified South Carolina car accident attorney such as the ones at The Law Offices of Steven M. Krause P.A. will be able to assist you in your claim. Their legal team has the knowledge, skill, and experience to fight for you and make sure you receive all the monetary damages you deserve. 


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