Babcock Trial Lawyers https://www.stephenbabcock.com Baton Rouge Personal Injury Attorneys Tue, 24 Mar 2020 18:18:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4 https://www.stephenbabcock.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/babcock-favicon-150x150.png Babcock Trial Lawyers https://www.stephenbabcock.com 32 32 How Long After a Demand Letter Does Settlement Take? https://www.stephenbabcock.com/blog/how-long-after-demand-letter-does-settlement-take/ Wed, 18 Mar 2020 17:36:21 +0000 https://www.stephenbabcock.com/?p=79301 If you’ve been injured after a car accident, your life might be in limbo. Sitting back and waiting to hear about a potential settlement is the last thing you want to do. Being injured means you can’t work or take care of your family like you used to before it […]

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If you’ve been injured after a car accident, your life might be in limbo. Sitting back and waiting to hear about a potential settlement is the last thing you want to do. Being injured means you can’t work or take care of your family like you used to before it happened. If you can’t work, then no money is coming in. Your normal bills are getting behind. All the while, you’re adding tens of thousands of dollars in additional medical bills. This is not a time to sit back and wait.

Hopefully, your injury isn’t severe enough to knock you out of the game too long. Most car accident injuries are minor and need relatively little downtime to heal. Others are so bad they can permanently disable you and keep you from working ever again. Either way, whether it’s a minor or major injury you’re recovering from, having a personal injury attorney is extremely beneficial. They’ll be working on your behalf as you recover. 

Once your attorney gathers all the information needed, he or she will send it to the insurance company of the at-fault driver. There will be a specific monetary demand you require to help pay for your bills (medical and other), damages to your vehicle as a result of the accident, and more information that highlights what you’re going through. This is just the first request made to the insurance company and is typically called the letter of demand. In most cases, this letter of demand sparks a back-and-forth between the lawyer and insurance company as negotiations begin.

The Negotiation Process

When your lawyer sends information and the initial offer to the insurance company, it will be the claims adjuster who receives it. The claims adjuster will go through the information and bring in a supervisor to help make a decision on their behalf in regard to whether they will accept your offer or not. The odds are fairly good that they won’t accept the initial letter of demand. They’re going to take the information sent them and prepare a counter figure. Their counter is called the authority figure.

To answer the main question of this piece, it’s unknown how long it will take to receive a settlement after the letter of demand has been sent. Knowing that the insurance company most likely won’t accept the amount demanded, they will do their own work in determining a figure that better suits them. Your lawyer and the claims adjusters will go back and forth offering and countering for a specific settlement range they’re both happy with.

This negotiation can take a bit of time to complete. You’ll want to receive every dollar you have coming to you, so it’s worth it to wait and let your lawyer do their job and not give up too much ground just to settle and get it over with. There are several other factors that can determine the length of time you wait as well, like the type of insurance company they are and how many claims they’re working through at the moment.

Why Won’t the Claims Adjuster Automatically Pay What is Asked For?

This article has already pointed out that the odds of the claim adjuster accepting the first offer is poor. It certainly would be an easy process if they would do it, but it rarely happens. In some instances, if your lawyer makes a rock-solid case and they know this can be dragged on, they might accept it right away to get it over with. But, like any other business, the insurance company isn’t willing to give up more money than it has to. They will try to short-change you every step of the way.

In this way, they might try to fight back against the letter of demand with evidence of their own. The negotiation process is almost like a mini-court case within itself in which two sides prove their case to win out a settlement. The demand letter will have a request that’s typically higher than what the insurance company will want to pay. Most of the time, an agreement is made in the middle. Again, it depends on the strength of your case, but expect the final payout to be less than what your lawyer initially asks for.

How Long is the Negotiation Process?

The timing of this negotiation process will matter the most to you. You have bills piling up and need money as soon as possible. The problem is the negotiation between your lawyer and the insurance company sometimes takes months. The insurance company might come back with a laughably low counter if they feel the evidence is on their side. The liability isn’t always clear as you’d hope it would be and accidents are rarely 100% the fault of the other party.

The insurance company might be taking the time to look at how much responsibility you bear in the accident. What did you do to cause your own injuries, like not wearing your seatbelt? Did you have a little alcohol in your system? Did you break any traffic laws? Were other people hurt as a result of the accident? There are a lot of reasons that your claim could be denied. There are often a lot of different pieces both sides will try to bring together before a final settlement occurs.

The worst thing your lawyer can do is come out with a ridiculously high initial demand, especially if the evidence doesn’t support their claim. The insurance company at that point might refuse to even counter or engage with your lawyer. That’s why you need to hire a lawyer who realistic experience and knowledge about the situation at hand and not one that will make the process longer.

Even after the negotiation is complete and a deal is reached, it can still be a few more weeks before you see any money. It can be as long as six more weeks as both sides have to draw up the paperwork, get things faxed over and signed, and issue a check. On average, you can expect to wait a month before you get your settlement.

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Can You Sue for Punitive Damages in Louisiana? https://www.stephenbabcock.com/blog/sue-for-punitive-damages-louisiana/ Wed, 18 Mar 2020 16:48:42 +0000 https://www.stephenbabcock.com/?p=79298 If you’ve been injured in any way, it can be a harrowing time for you and your family. Not only are you likely to lose work and money, but you’re also going to experience a longer recovery time. You might even need a bit of physical therapy just to feel […]

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If you’ve been injured in any way, it can be a harrowing time for you and your family. Not only are you likely to lose work and money, but you’re also going to experience a longer recovery time. You might even need a bit of physical therapy just to feel like yourself again. If this happens to you, how can you receive help to pay your bills and get compensation for the pain and suffering you’re going through? If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you might be entitled to what is called punitive damages. An attorney covering personal injury claims in Louisiana will be able to tell you to what extent you may qualify for these damages and corresponding compensation. 

Of course, a minor accident isn’t as much of a big deal. You expect to completely recover and may not even take too much time off of work. A small financial settlement might be warranted in this case. But what happens if you’re severely injured in a manner that it changes your entire life completely? This can be as a result of a car accident, negligence at work, or even an injury that happened because a landlord or homeowner failed to keep their property up to code.

These types of substantial injuries can decrease your overall quality of life and can even keep you from ever being able to work again. In this case, not only will you lose money due to not being able to work, you’re likely to have to deal with tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. The average American is unable to afford a major personal injury like this and it begs the question about whether they should be able to receive compensation in the state of Louisiana.

Personal Injury Compensation in Louisiana 

If you’ve become injured due to the negligence of another person, you will need help financially. This can include medical bills, a lengthy stay at a hospital, and potentially months or even years of recovery. That doesn’t even include your everyday bills that need to be paid on time. Your debtors are unlikely to cut you any slack, so what can you do? The best tool in your arsenal at this point is to sue the negligent party for punitive damages.

According to the Louisiana Civil Code, Article 2315, any person who commits harm against another is required to compensate them in some way relative to the harm they caused. There are numerous ways in which this compensation should occur. If you are required to get on long-term disability, are dealing with immense pain and suffering, lost wages and even lost your job and/or earning capacity, having significant medical expenses piling up, and even the loss of enjoyment of life due to the injury. Even mental anguish and types of property damage qualify.

General Damages vs. Special Damages

Punitive damages you can receive after a personal injury falls into two categories: special damages and general damages.

General Damages

Typically, Louisiana law specifies general damages as compensation that can’t necessarily be quantified. No one can really put a certain dollar amount on things like pain and suffering or mental anguish due to an injury. How do you calculate an accurate cost of disability, consortium, or even the loss of enjoyment of life? These are things that can’t be accurately measured, so generally, a broad sum is awarded. General damages are often tacked onto special damages.

Special Damages

It’s much easier for the court to calculate special damages. If you’ve lost wages due to an accident or other type of personal injury, you can look at how long you’ll be gone from work to recover. Future wage loss, funeral and burial costs, damages to your vehicle or property. These can be added up and awarded. Special damages also include current and future medical expenses.

Example of Punitive Damages 

Another term for punitive damages is exemplary. It’s usually an injury as a result of the misdeed of another person that causes significant medical bills, time off work, and other financial and personal complications. Due to these complications, the person who caused the injury should be held responsible for paying you back for what was lost.

A good example of this type of scenario is an injury that resulted due to intoxicated driving. Someone had too much to drink or gets high (is intoxicated) and decides to get behind the wheel of a car. They hit you and cause a severe injury. Suddenly, you end up in the hospital and recovery is going to take a very long time and thousands of dollars.

To be able to fully recover, if you do fully recover, it’s going to take weeks or months of time off work, rehab, pain management, and so much more. You’re not going to be able to pay your normal bills or take care of your family. Someone in this situation would find their lives seriously hampered by the accident.

According to Louisiana state law, this person would be responsible for paying punitive damages. In some cases, they can be hard for you to prove in court. There would have to be some type of drug or alcohol test administered at the time and scene of the crash to determine the other party was inhibited. A lot of punitive cases are the same and would often require a tough lawyer who would know exactly how to gather the required evidence to prove without a doubt that you’re due compensation.

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Is It Possible To Sue For Back Pain After An Accident https://www.stephenbabcock.com/blog/possible-to-sue-back-pain-after-accident/ Tue, 17 Mar 2020 17:39:06 +0000 https://www.stephenbabcock.com/?p=79269 There are hundreds of thousands of accidents that happen in the United States on a yearly basis. Luckily, the majority of these accidents do not result in casualties. In fact, one of the most common outcomes of an automotive accident is back pain. It is easy to hope for the […]

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There are hundreds of thousands of accidents that happen in the United States on a yearly basis. Luckily, the majority of these accidents do not result in casualties. In fact, one of the most common outcomes of an automotive accident is back pain. It is easy to hope for the best in this situation; to hope that any pain you have will recede over time. If you find yourself in such an unfortunate experience, it is always best to look for the help of a personal injury attorney in Baton Rouge. 

You have the right to sue for damages when it comes to injuries you have sustained in an accident. The best way to go about getting the compensation you are entitled to is to get in touch with an injury attorney who knows the local legal circuit well. 

Back Injuries and Car Accidents

Injuries from an accident may appear innocuous at first. In fact, you may not realize that you have been injured at all. Whether you’re experiencing minor pain or more advanced pain directly following your accident, you need to seek medical attention right away. This is even more important if you suspect that you have sustained a neck or spinal injury, which are some of the most common injuries in an accident.

You may have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit for a back injury. This makes getting immediate medical attention even more important to your injury claim. Having documented evidence of injury immediately following an accident is the best way to solidify your case and validate whether or not your back injuries were a direct result of the accident in which you were involved. 

Whether you plan on seeking compensation or not, it is always best to have any back injuries treated as soon as possible. This can help to prevent long term damage and disruptions in mobility. 

Seeking Treatment

Your medical report will be crucial to your back injury accident claim. This means that waiting to see a medical professional could not only negatively impact your health but any legal claims you may wish to file as well. Medical documentation can prove that your injuries were a direct result of an accident and that you are entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. 

Once you have received treatment of any injuries, you’ll want to take your police report and medical report straight to an experienced injury attorney, preferably one with experience in spinal injury claims and/or your particular type of accident. 

Damages You Can Receive

You may be wondering what type of compensation you can expect from a back injury claim. There is no blanket cost when it comes to such cases. For most claims, the amount of compensation received will depend on the severity of the injuries sustained. This compensation can be both economic and non-economic. For instance, you may be given financial compensation for medical bills, as well as for the incurred hardship of recovery from such an injury, such as loss of sleep and overall well being or lifestyle. 

Get In Touch With An Accident Injury Attorney

It takes years of legal experience and knowledge of personal injury law to fight for the rights of an accident victim both in and out of the courtroom. A great attorney is your ace in the hole when it comes to getting compensation for an accident. But getting an experienced attorney on your case is not always a straightforward process. So many attorneys claim to be the best in the area with the most experience; you don’t want to find out the hard way that you’ve chosen the wrong lawyer. 

If you or a loved one has been in an accident that resulted in chronic, severe, or other types of pain related to spinal injury, you need an attorney. Get in touch with Babcock Trial Lawyers to see if we’re the right fit for your case: https://www.stephenbabcock.com/

 

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Symptoms to Watch For Part Two: Headache After a Car Accident https://www.stephenbabcock.com/blog/headache-after-a-car-accident/ Mon, 09 Mar 2020 18:33:04 +0000 https://www.stephenbabcock.com/?p=79265 Out of the three million people who will be injured by car accidents this year, two million of them will experience permanent injuries. Head, brain and soft tissue damage are the leading types of casualties caused by car accidents. And the first symptom? Usually a headache. It can be difficult to self-diagnose […]

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Out of the three million people who will be injured by car accidents this year, two million of them will experience permanent injuries.

Head, brain and soft tissue damage are the leading types of casualties caused by car accidents.

And the first symptom? Usually a headache.

It can be difficult to self-diagnose a persistent headache after a car accident. Is it an actual ailment or a creation of your own fears? That’s why we put together this guide. Keep reading to understand everything you need to know about headaches after an auto accident.

Signs That a Headache is a Symptom of Something More 

A headache is such a common ailment that it can be difficult to acknowledge when it becomes a chronic health problem. After an accident, a headache can happen immediately, or it can start to develop days and even weeks later. But regardless of if it’s intense or dull, keep watch of it and take it seriously. Don’t just write it off as another mundane headache.

The fact that headaches are so common can make it not only difficult to seek medical attention but difficult to know when to seek legal help. Sometimes, headaches can be a symptom of a potentially life-threatening or altering problem, like a brain injury or blood clot. But there’s really no way to know for sure while you’re experiencing symptoms at home.

A headache becomes a problem when it starts to interfere with your ability to function normally in your daily life. It’s possible to develop chronic headaches following an accident, and also headaches because of a serious injury. Regardless, don’t let anyone shame your symptoms.

Understanding the Causes of Headaches after a Collision 

One possible cause of headaches after a car accident is stress. You may also experience stress brought on by mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to the Cleveland Clinic, “stress headaches” are the types of headaches caused by stress, but there is no official diagnosis or medical term for them.

Stress headaches commonly manifest in the form of migraines. This is because when the body and mind are put in “flight or fight” situations, the rush of chemicals can cause blood vessels to constrict, which causes tension. Worrying can also cause muscle tension, which leads to headaches.

While trauma and mental health conditions can cause headaches, so can the day-to-day stress of dealing with insurance companies, car repairs and everything else that is impacted by being in a car accident. Headaches and stress can be debilitating.

Headaches and Traumatic Brain Injury

A headache is one of the most common symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). According to the University of Washington Center for Technology and Disability Studies, 30% of people who experience TBI report having headaches. One of the many concerning things about headache symptoms following TBI is that they can happen for years following an accident.

Dull, throbbing sensations are often associated with headaches from TBI. Some sufferers also report nausea and vomiting, light sensitivity, and seeing spots at the onset of a headache. Tight, pressing headaches can also be a symptom of TBI.

If you’re experiencing headaches following an auto collision, keep a close eye on if the pain from your headaches has become progressively worse. Also take note of how often you’re taking pain relievers, which shouldn’t be needed frequently for common headaches.

Is a Headache After a Car Accident a Sign That You’ve Had a Concussion?

Simply put, a concussion is a brain injury that can cause temporary or long-lasting problems, like headaches and also cognitive function. A concussion happens when the head is intensely shaken or hit hard. While concussions are often depicted as something that happens after a person is knocked out, most people who experience concussions don’t actually lose consciousness.

This can make it difficult to know if you’ve actually had a concussion, or are simply experiencing normal aches, stress, and pain that happens after a car accident. What especially makes a concussion difficult to self diagnose, is the vagueness of the symptoms. But, most experts agree that headaches, along with memory loss and confusion after a collision can be a sign of something more.

Ringing in the ears, fatigue, and dizziness are just a few of the additional, subtle symptoms you might experience, along with a headache, if you’ve had a concussion. Some people experience these symptoms right away, and others experience them gradually, or days later. Problems with sleep, mental health, and personality changes, memory loss, and sensitivity to light, smell and taste are additional symptoms that can have delayed development.

The best first step is to meet with a doctor and undergo a CT scan, from there, a medical professional can look for signs of swelling or bleeding, and work with you to determine what the next steps in your diagnosis should be.

Whiplash Headaches

Headaches can also be a symptom of Whiplash, a serious neck injury that happens when the neck is forced to aggressively move forward and backward. The unnatural overextension of the muscles and ligaments in the neck, shoulders, and back, mixed with strain and tension can cause a person to get headaches while their body heals. But, Whiplash can also cause damage to the nerves and discs in the neck and spine, resulting in a serious, and potentially life long injury.

After experiencing Whiplash, a person will likely start developing headaches anywhere from hours to days after the accident. The symptoms are very similar to TBI, with general fatigue, sleep issues and changes in cognitive ability all being possible symptoms. But, Whiplash has a few unique symptoms that separate it from  TBI.

First, is a numbness or tingling feeling in the digits of the hands and feet? Sufferers may also experience stiffness in the neck, pain in the back and shoulders, and limited motion of the head and neck.

A doctor must diagnose a person within seven days of an accident, for a headache to be considered a symptom of Whiplash. A doctor will likely perform an x-ray, CT scan or an MRI to determine if there is, in fact, a deeper injury.

Regardless of if you’re experiencing headaches from stress, or a brain injury like a concussion, or whiplash, it’s vital to your health, and the justice of what has happened to you, to track and record everything you are experiencing.

Track Your Headaches

Experiencing any kind of accident can cause a person to go into a state of shock, which can make your ability to make decisions and think critically difficult in the hours after the wreck. We cannot stress enough why this, along with the delayed nature of serious injuries, makes it so important to go to a doctor immediately after you’ve been in an accident. Even if you aren’t currently aware of any symptoms.

A doctor will ask you questions you may not know you should be asking yourself. They will look for things like your mobility, cognitive response and eye movement to look for any warning signs. Most doctors will also ask that you set a follow-up appointment, which is key to tracking if an underlying issue is developing.

After you leave the doctor’s office, start tracking your health in a journal. If you are experiencing headaches, write down everything about them.

  • The time of day the headache happens.
  • How long the headache lasts.
  • The level of pain (use the pain scale chart used by medical professionals)
  • What the pain is like (dull waves, sharp pinching, etc.)
  • What makes the headache feel worse?
  • What makes the headache feel better?
  • If medication of any kind is taken, including the brand name, active ingredient, and dose.
  • Also consider tracking your quality of life using a scale like the WHOQOL-100 from The World Health Organization, or the Quality Of Life Scale from the American Pain Association.
  • Take note of anything you are unable to do because of your headaches, like perform a job, care for others or take care of a home.

Keep receipts for any products you purchase in relation to your headaches, like bottles of Excedrin or weighted eye masks. Use a call recording app to record any and all phone conversations you have with your doctor. When symptoms are bad, call your doctor’s office and speak to them or leave a voicemail, so you have formal documentation of your struggles.

Your journey should be able to be easily followed on a thick paper trail.

Will Insurance Cover the Costs of Your Headaches?

If you start experiencing chronic migraines and suspect an accident you were in is to blame, the next question is likely what’s covered? And if you have a valid case to get financial aid.

It starts with medical expenses. Unfortunately, you must do your due diligence when dealing with your health insurance provider. Don’t assume anything. Don’t assume that a provider is covered, and don’t assume whatever you are seeing a doctor for will be reimbursed.

Before you start making appointments, check to see how many doctors visits your health insurance covers every year. It’s good to understand how much you’ll owe based on your copays and deductibles. When you get bills, go over every statement with a fine-toothed comb. Dispute charges that do not seem accurate and question any insurance claims that are denied.

Most insurance companies will cover general primary care office visits, but you may be expected to be charged a copay. If you are prescribed headache medicine, check your insurance plan to see what types of medications are covered, and how much they will cost.

Before agreeing to a CT scan or MRI, check with your insurance provider to see how much it will cost. Sometimes the difference between getting covered or not is simply based on how a doctor’s office codes something. Work with practitioners who are willing to work with you.

Establishing Value and Getting Paid What You’re Owed

If a headache is diagnosed as a symptom of a more serious injury like a concussion or whiplash, you have a much better chance of getting a payout to remedy the damages sustained from an accident. This is because the value is typically clearer.

When it comes to getting a payout, it’s all about establishing the value and the cost of the damages from the accident. This is why tracking everything, from the monetary costs caused by your headaches to the time and opportunities they take from your life.

Don’t be ashamed to admit how much something like a headache has impacted your life. Headaches can seriously impair a person’s ability to function in everyday life. From your ability to think clearly, to your ability to care for others, drive and do normal activities.

All of this can also impact your ability to work at a job. Lost wages caused by headaches after a collision are another factor to consider.

When It’s Time to Get Legal Help

If you’re suffering from a headache after a car accident and are having trouble getting the payout you deserve, it’s time to seek out legal counsel. It’s important to specifically seek out help from a team trained in personal injury and auto accident claims. These types of lawsuits require specialized knowledge to navigate effectively.

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Concentration Problems After an Accident? What Will be Covered? https://www.stephenbabcock.com/blog/concentration-problems-after-an-accident-what-will-be-covered/ Mon, 09 Mar 2020 18:28:20 +0000 https://www.stephenbabcock.com/?p=79262 Having difficulty concentrating lately? You’re not alone, especially because most poor concentration issues stem from fatigue and emotional stress. Of course, lack of concentration is a given if you have been in a devastating car accident recently. Experiencing a loss of concentration after your auto wreck? If you’ve sustained a head injury […]

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Having difficulty concentrating lately?

You’re not alone, especially because most poor concentration issues stem from fatigue and emotional stress. Of course, lack of concentration is a given if you have been in a devastating car accident recently.

Experiencing a loss of concentration after your auto wreck?

If you’ve sustained a head injury in a car accident, you may be suffering from concentration problems. Fortunately for you, we’ve answered many frequently asked questions below!

Understanding Concentration Issues

Before you can treat your brain injury, you have to understand your concentration issues. For starters, the act of cognition has to do with thinking or knowing. This includes everything from remembering, understanding, using, and choosing information.

On top of that, cognition also includes:

  • Controlling desires and impulses
  • Being patient
  • Judgment, decision-making, problem-solving, and reasoning
  • Organizing and planning
  • Communication and memory

As if that’s not enough, cognition involves understanding and processing information too. Not to mention concentration and attention skills.

But here’s the thing – if you’ve suffered from a traumatic brain injury due to a car accident, your cognition is going to be negatively impacted. To tell you the truth, it’s not uncommon to have a hard time attending to or focusing on more than one task at once.

Unfortunately, this could lead to becoming easily distracted and restless at inappropriate times. Plus, having difficulty completing projects or carrying on conversations is also the norm for this type of brain injury.

Besides this, simple things like sitting still for a long period can become super problematic after an auto accident. In case you didn’t know, being able to pay attention is the foundation of higher-level skills like reasoning and memory. Thus, people with concentration and attention problems usually show other signs of cognitive issues as well.

If that’s the case, is there anything you could do to fix this?

The answer is yes. For a short-term fix, there’s nothing wrong with turning off all distractions by working in a silent room. In addition to this, try adding numbers or reading a paragraph to practice attention skills. As time goes on, up the ante by balancing a checkbook or reading a short story to put your brain to test.

Remember: it’s always okay to take a break!

Post-Wreck Processing Problems

After you’ve been in a dramatic car accident, it’s no surprise if your ability to understand and process information is slowed down. As a result, you might have a difficult time grasping what others are saying. Plus, understanding directions can become more stressful than ever following your head injury.

It gets worse. Additional post-wreck processing problems include the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty following movies and TV shows
  • Taking a long time to understand or read written text like books
  • Having a slower reaction to things like driving, stop signs, or traffic lights
  • Having trouble with normal tasks like cooking or getting dressed

How can you possibly fix this?

The answer is simple. For starters, put your full attention on what you are trying to comprehend. As we mentioned above, limiting the number of distractions in your life is also helpful.

Another word of advice is to give yourself a little bit more time to understand new information before focusing on the next task. There is nothing wrong with rereading magazine articles as needed as well. Better yet, summarize and take notes to process information even faster.

When all else fails, don’t shy away from asking others to:

  • Repeat themselves
  • Say something in a different tone
  • Speak more slowly

To take it to the next level, repeating what you have heard to ensure that you have understood it properly is a great way to remember information too.

Moving forward, communication and language problems are also common problems after a car accident. Raise your hand if you had difficulty coming up with the correct word in conversation post-accident. Chances are that understanding what people are saying has also become problematic.

Sound familiar?

If yes, phone a speech pathologist to get you back on track. Then, contact an auto wreck lawyer!

Learning and Memory Problems

In addition to concentration problems, issues with memory and learning are also side effects of car accidents. You might not even be able to remember information or learn challenging concepts anymore.

Besides this, recalling what happened a few weeks or months before your brain injury can be extremely overwhelming. On the bright side, your short-term memory often returns as time goes on. The good news is that you can typically expect to remember long-term events shortly after an auto accident too.

But here’s the kicker. Following a brain injury, you might have trouble remembering conversations or events afterward. To make matters worse, your brain may attempt to fill in the gaps with false information from several different events.

Composed of various memories, these so-called “false memories” do not necessarily lie. Instead, they confuse you like no other. Nobody wants that, right?

To improve your memory issues, set a solid routine of activities and tasks. Also, stay organized by keeping a set location for everything. Luckily for you, there are helpful memory tools available as well, including things like:

  • Memory notebooks
  • Monthly calendars
  • Daily schedules
  • Daily task lists
  • Computer reminder programs
  • Cue cards

We recommend that you spend as much time reviewing and practicing new information as possible. Plus, reducing anxiety and being well-rested is another wise idea. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask your physician about how your meds are impacting your memory.

People with traumatic brain injuries usually have a tough time scheduling appointments and planning their days. If you find yourself forgetting a task like cooking or laundry, it helps to create a list of what exactly needs to be done. Once you break everything down into easy-to-follow steps, your organizational problems will become a thing of the past!

Does Insurance Cover My Injuries?

Now that we’ve got that covered, it is time to talk about what’s covered by your insurance claim. If you have been in a devastating car accident, you are probably curious about if your health insurance is enough to cover your medical fees. To answer this complicated question, our general rule of thumb is that it’s up to you to pay for your medical expenses.

However, medical fees that come from auto wreck injuries can be paid by a variety of sources, depending on who is found to be at fault. The time that you be received medical treatment will come into play as well.

What happens if you decide to file a personal injury suit?

We are glad that you asked. In that case, your attorney will ensure that you get the money you need to cover your health deductible. But wait – what is a health insurance deductible, anyway?

Here is the breakdown. The majority of car insurance and health insurance policies include what’s known as a deductible. To put it simply, this is the amount of cash that you have to pay to take care of your “insured loss.”

The best part is that your insurance policy will normally cover the remainder of your cost. Nonetheless, if you have experienced car accident injuries and would like to use your health plan, it is still your job to pay the deductible.

On the flip side, you won’t have to pay your deductible right away. Instead, your priority is to focus on healing and recovering from your injuries. Eventually, you will receive a bill that explains your deductible costs after services have been provided.

But your injury lawyer will make sure that you’ll get reimbursed for your healthcare deductible when it is all said and done!

Whose Insurance Covers What?

In the wake of a terrifying car accident, you might be wondering: whose insurance covers what?

Fair question. For those of you whose car accidents are caused by another driver, your bodily injury insurance should take care of your medical fees. Nevertheless, this is only covered up to the extent of your policy limits.

In this circumstance, filing third-party claims with the at-fault driver’s insurance company is the way to go. Otherwise, you can always open a claim with your insurance provider as well. That way, both auto insurance companies can work it out together.

Do you live in a state that has a no-fault car insurance system?

For the uninitiated, the applies to car accidents that occurred in:

  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota

That’s not all. Other states that have a no-fault car insurance system include:

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Pennsylvania
  • Utah
  • Washington DC

Luckily for you, the entire insurance coverage process will be much easier if you live in a state with a no-fault car insurance system. Not only will your medical bills be paid, but you can also file a lawsuit or claim against the other driver if you meet the requirements to do so in your state.

Ever heard of med pay coverage?

If not, then allow us to enlighten you. This auto insurance policy will cover the medical fees for you as well as for the other driver involved in the car accident. It doesn’t even matter who was responsible for the incident.

But here’s the catch – med pay car insurance policies have pretty low coverage limits. Don’t say that we didn’t warn you!

Health Insurance, Reimbursement, and Liens

Okay, so you’ve used up all of your car insurance coverage. Now what?

At this point, it is not uncommon for your medical fees to be sent to your health insurance provider. Next, your health insurance provider will pay off all of your medical fees. Lastly, your health insurance provider will be reimbursed from your settlement amount if you receive one.

For those of you who do not have any health insurance coverage, prepare to pay everything out-of-pocket. Yes, you read that right.

If this has happened to you, we suggest that you speak with a personal injury lawyer immediately. That’s because they can help you to get compensated from the other driver who was responsible for your incident.

What is the real deal about reimbursement and liens?

When you receive a personal settlement for your injuries, keep in mind that your healthcare provider can file a claim against you. This can help them to get reimbursed for medical fees that they’ve paid upfront for you.

To make things even more clear, your health provider does this to make sure that you do not get compensated for medical bills that have already been paid.

Let’s take a moment to discuss medical liens. Medical liens happen when your medical provider has reimbursement rights over your case. In a nutshell, your healthcare provider will place a lien on the personal settlement compensation that you are paid out.

These liens will get paid first and foremost, meaning that the provider that holds your lien will get a check before you do. However, this only applies to people who have:

  • Companies or individuals that they owe money to
  • Short-term and long-term disability payments connected to their injuries

Don’t have a lien on your injury case? You should be good to go!

Don’t Let Concentration Problems Hold You Back

News flash: don’t let concentration problems hold you back from living a regular life.

Once you have handled your memory issues, there’s no harm in hiring a personal injury firm to take care of the rest for you.

Searching for a personal injury lawyer you can trust?

Give us a call to schedule a free consultation today!

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Insomnia After an Auto Collision Could Be a Sign of a Concussion https://www.stephenbabcock.com/blog/insomnia-after-an-auto-collision-could-be-a-sign-of-a-concussion/ Mon, 09 Mar 2020 18:13:41 +0000 https://www.stephenbabcock.com/?p=79259 Between 50 and 70 Million American adults have a sleep disorder. Most people who endure some form of trauma, like a car accident, also experience some degree of sleep disturbance. But when is trouble sleeping the sign of something more? It’s difficult to identify the difference between normal sleep issues […]

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Between 50 and 70 Million American adults have a sleep disorder.

Most people who endure some form of trauma, like a car accident, also experience some degree of sleep disturbance.

But when is trouble sleeping the sign of something more? It’s difficult to identify the difference between normal sleep issues and a legitimate problem. Unfortunately, sleep problems can be a symptom of a more serious problem. Sufferers of the brain and emotional trauma, especially after an accident, report sleep disturbances as a common symptom.

Here is our guide to understanding the role of Insomnia and sleep disorders following an auto collision.

Signs That Your Sleep Troubles Are a Symptom of Something More 

The stress from an accident and the demand for dealing with the aftermath can leave anyone feeling tired during the day, and more restless at night. But when does difficulty sleeping become a sleep problem or sleep disorder? It’s a hard problem to self-diagnose.

Sleep problems usually do not happen instantly, they are usually gradual symptoms that evolve over time. When your quality of life starts to slip because of a spell of sleep troubles, it’s possible that it’s a sign that they are symptoms of a legitimate sleep problem. There are many different types of sleep problems with different symptoms (more on that below), but there are some general signs that apply to all of them.

As we mentioned earlier, these changes in sleep do not always happen suddenly. Most of the time the effects of an injury, both mental and physical, have delayed symptoms. Meaning that the symptoms start to show prevalently in the weeks and months after an accident.

If your sleeping patterns have become different, or inconsistent, it’s a huge sign that you’re developing a sleep disorder. Another symptom is if you have difficulty falling asleep and staying awake during the day. The last major sign that applies to most sleep disorders, is that your breathing and movement has become irregular while you sleep.

How An Auto Accident Can Cause Sleep Problems Like Insomnia

So how can an auto accident impact sleep, to begin with? Stress is a common reason, but typically stress subsides after a few weeks. When the brain experiences a traumatic event, neurochemicals are released which can disrupt the body’s regular sleep cycles. But these effects usually subside with a day to a few weeks after an accident.

Nightmares, flashbacks, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety can also interfere with your ability to sleep. Although mental health problems are “unseen” they should be taken just as seriously as a physical injury. Sometimes they can have a much greater impact on a person’s quality of life over time than a physical injury.

For example, post-traumatic narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that usually forms after a brain injury. It’s viewed as a serious, life-altering condition with long-lasting effects. This is because a person with this disorder can no longer live life like they once did.

Hypersomnolence, the opposite of Insomnia (where a person can’t stay awake) is another sleep disorder commonly caused by car accident injury. Sleep Apnea, where a person is unable to breathe correctly while sleeping, is also associated with Insomnia and separately as its own disorder.

Insomnia and Traumatic Brain Injury

Trouble sleeping is one of the main symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Up to 70% of victims who experience TBI also report sleep disturbances. TBI is damage to the brain following an accident.

Insomnia and Excessive Daytime Sleepiness are two sleep conditions commonly caused by TBI. Insomnia is when a person has difficulty falling asleep, to the point that they do not get an adequate amount of sleep, sometimes staying up for days. Excessive Daytime Sleepiness is when a person experiences abnormal drowsiness.

Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome is a condition where a person had mixed sleeping patterns. Narcolepsy is when a person uncontrollably falls asleep. These are only a handful of the possible sleep problems that can be brought on by TBI.

If there have been changes in your sleep cycle that are interfering with your daily life, it’s best to see a doctor as soon as possible.

Is Insomnia After Car Accident a Sign That You’ve Had a Concussion?

A concussion is a serious type of brain injury and a form of TBI. A concussion happens when a person suffers a forceful blow to the head, or they are shaken to the point of causing brain damage. Insomnia and a change in sleep patterns are one of the many symptoms of a concussion after an auto collision.

Many people assume that if you get a concussion that you will lose consciousness. But most people who get concussions do not, which can make them difficult to self-diagnose.

This is why it’s so important to see a doctor immediately following an accident. A lot of the time, the only way to tell if you’ve had a concussion is to get a CT scan or an MRI. By getting your brain scanned, a doctor can look for signs of swelling or bleeding in the brain.

But not everyone makes it to the doctor immediately after an accident. So how can you know if you’ve experienced one? Changes in your sleep cycle are one major symptom.

Forgetfulness and changes in mood and personality are also reported as signs of a concussion by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overall fatigue, headaches and changes in cognitive ability are also listed as clear symptoms.

The Long Term Effects of Insomnia

Years of inadequate sleep can have a lasting effect on a person’s psyche and health. One study found that 80 to 90 percent of people who have a sleep disorder remain undiagnosed.

Poor judgment caused by sleep can lead to dozens of problems in a person’s life, from the safety of loved ones they care for to disoriented and drowsy driving, and an inability to perform work.

Prolonged loss of sleep can also lead to obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. To cope with sleep problems, many sufferers develop alcohol dependencies to help them sleep. Depression and other mental health problems can also form.

According to the CDC, people with less sleep over their lifetime are more prone to heart attacks, coronary heart disease, stroke, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cancer, arthritis, and depression.

All of these conditions have lasting effects on a person’s ability to live a healthy, happy long life.

Tracking Your Sleep After an Auto Collision

Even if you aren’t aware of any sleep troubles yet, it’s important to start tracking your sleep cycles as soon as possible. This kind of documentation is the only way to clearly see if there have been changes in your sleep.

It’s also important to have documentation of your sleep and the impact it’s had on your life for proof of value when making a financial claim. In addition to tracking your sleep, it’s necessary to keep a repertoire with your doctor.

A doctor will also look for things in your behavior and lifestyle that you may not be able to notice in yourself. Doctors’ visits also provides a legitimate form of documentation regarding the seriousness of your sleep troubles.

Here’s a guide for tracking your sleep:

  • The time of day that you fall asleep.
  • How long the sleep lasts.
  • If you experience nightmares.
  • If you wake up sweating, and if your sleep seems disturbed.
  • When you feel tired during the day, for how long and to what degree.
  • If anything makes you more tired.
  • What helps you stay awake.
  • If medication is taken, list the brand name, the active ingredient, and dose.
  • Consider tracking your quality of life using a scale like the WHOQOL-100 from The World Health Organization.
  • Create a list of the daily tasks and duties that your sleep problems interfere with.

Save receipts for medications and other products you buy to help you sleep. Special lighting, blankets, pillows, and medications should all be accounted for. Call your doctor’s office and record the conversations to document your systems.

Will Insurance Cover the Costs of Your Sleep Problems?

If you start having sleep problems after an accident, the next step will be to understand what is covered by your insurance company. Caring for yourself when you have a chronic sleep problem needs regular medical attention.

Insurance providers are not always forthcoming when it comes to your coverage, and unfortunately, it can take some research and persistence to ensure that the treatments your receiving are paid for.

Do not assume that the doctor you’ve been referred to is covered by your plan. Don’t assume that every medical bill will be reimbursed if you plan to make a claim. Stay within your means when it comes to seeking treatment until you physically receive a payout.

Some important stats to know with your insurance policy is how many doctor visits are covered under your plan for each calendar year. Understand what your deductible is, and what your copays will be. Don’t take medical bills at face value, ask questions when charges do not seem correct, and dispute claims that are denied.

If a doctor recommends sleep therapy or medications, make sure the treatment plan is covered by your provider. A lot of the time getting covered comes down to simply having the right coding submitted to an insurance company. Good doctors know this and will do what they can to make sure you’re covered.

Establishing Value and Getting Paid What You’re Owed

If Insomnia is diagnosed as a symptom of a brain injury like a concussion, you are much more likely to be compensated for the damages you’ve sustained. This is because the cost of your sleep problems is easier place value on.

Typically, only a doctor can diagnose a concussion. But what many people fail to realize is that if you seek medical attention because you believe you’ve had a concussion, it’s possible to get the medical opinion of multiple doctors.

If one doctor does not undergo the testing you would like done or concludes that you have not had a concussion, go to another doctor. A doctor’s diagnosis is key to connecting your sleep problems to a concussion, and getting you the money you deserve.

Sleep disorders are difficult to treat, and will permanently alter your lifestyle. Just because changes in your sleep cycle aren’t as easy to see as a broken arm, cut or bruise, they should be taken just as seriously.

When It’s Time to Get Legal Help

Unfortunately, getting compensated for the injuries you’ve sustained after an auto collision is not always simple. There are many layers and steps required.

If you are suffering from sleep problems, dealing with insurance companies and doing all of the work required that we’ve detailed above can become unbearable. Especially if you have no experience.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Getting help from a legal team can not only provide a sense of relief from the process but the right team can get you more from your claim.

Navigating personal injury and auto accidents requires specialized knowledge and experience. Seek out the help of a team with a track record for success. Don’t waste more time and money than you need to.

Are you ready to put the nightmare of your accident behind you, and get the compensation you deserve for your Insomnia after an auto collision? Click here to get in touch with us now!

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Vestibular Dysfunction After a Car Crash May Indicate a Concussion https://www.stephenbabcock.com/blog/vestibular-dysfunction-after-a-car-crash-may-indicate-a-concussion/ Tue, 03 Mar 2020 23:21:55 +0000 https://www.stephenbabcock.com/?p=79213 Around 69 million Americans experience some form of vestibular dysfunction during their lives. Often comes on as people get older and their bodies experience more wear and tear. However, specific events can also cause vestibular dysfunction. Every year in the US there are approximately six million car accidents and a […]

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Around 69 million Americans experience some form of vestibular dysfunction during their lives. Often comes on as people get older and their bodies experience more wear and tear. However, specific events can also cause vestibular dysfunction.

Every year in the US there are approximately six million car accidents and a common head injury from auto accidents is a concussion. This has been linked to vestibular dysfunction and has similar symptoms. So if you have recently been involved in a car accident and are suffering from this condition, it is important to seek medical and legal advice.

Not sure what to do next? Then you have come to the right place! Read on to find out everything you need to know about vestibular dysfunction and why your concussion could be causing it.

What is Vestibular Dysfunction?

Vestibular dysfunction is a condition that affects your body’s vestibular system.

This is made up of the inner ear and brain and helps to control balance. It does this by feeding your brain information about your head position, motion, and spatial orientation. This means it plays a crucial role in stabilizing your body and head.

Your vestibular system also plays a role in eye control.

Because of this, if you suffer a vestibular disturbance this can affect your balance and spatial perception. This can happen if one or multiple parts of your vestibular system become damaged.

The most common disorder people suffer from is peripheral vestibular dysfunction. This accounts for 75% of vestibular dysfunction cases. This affects your inner ear and vestibular nerve and is also known as paroxysmal positional vertigo.

As the name suggests, this can bring on spells of dizziness and disorientation. But these are not the only symptoms of vestibular dysfunction. Let’s take a look at some others.

Symptoms of Vestibular Dysfunction

There are several vestibular disorder symptoms you should look out for.

As we have mentioned, feelings of vertigo or dizziness can indicate that you suffering from a vestibular disorder. You can experience symptoms both when you are moving around or when you are stationary.

These symptoms can include feeling light-headed or like you are floating. Vertigo is also characterized by a spinning sensation of either yourself or the world around you. You may also feel that something is pulling you in one particular direction.

You may also find that your balance and spatial orientation are off-kilter. You may notice that you are walking into more objects or that you are more clumsy than usual. Other symptoms of this include:

  • Difficulty maintaining an upright posture
  • Needing to steady yourself when moving around
  • Difficulty walking in the dark or low light
  • Muscle pain from compensation for your balance

Vestibular disturbances also come with visual and auditory symptoms. These can include:

  • Difficulty tracking or focusing on objects
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Difficulty focusing on things in the distance
  • Poor depth perception
  • Hearing loss
  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo triggered by changes in sound

You may also find that you experience difficulties concentrating or remembering certain things. Some people find that their vestibular dysfunction also affects their communication. You may struggle to follow conversations or that your speech becomes slurred.

This can make you feel very confused and vestibular dysfunction can have psychological symptoms. These include feels of anxiety, isolation, and depression.

Causes of Vestibular Damage

Several things can cause vestibular dysfunction.

This condition tends to affect older people more than younger ones. As your vestibular system ages, this can result in imbalances or difficulties. However, this is not the only thing that can bring on vestibular dysfunction.

For some people, vestibular dysfunction is a symptom of an on-going condition. This includes:

  • Ménière’s disease
  • Migraine associated vertigo or MAV
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV
  • Autoimmune inner ear disease

When you are ill with a cold or the flu this can also upset your inner ear and cause feelings of dizziness. This may happen when you have a viral infection as well. This should pass when the illness does.

However, for some people, vestibular dysfunction is caused by a specific event. One of the leading causes of this is a head injury. This is why vestibular disturbances can also be a symptom of a more serious head injury, such as a concussion.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of head injury that occurs when your brain knocks or twists against the inside of your skull.

This can happen if you jerk your head suddenly or receive a blow to the head. This can include hitting your head on something or being struck by an object.

When your brain gets knocked this can damage the brain cells within it. This also upsets the chemical balance within your brain, leading to a huge range of symptoms.

In terms of head injuries, this is a ‘mild’ one but it can still have a huge impact on your life. Concussions can also vary from very mild to extremely severe depending on the force that you knock your head with. The severity of a concussion affects how long it will take you to recover from it.

Why Can a Concussion Cause Vestibular Dysfunction?

The type of symptoms you get from a concussion can vary a great deal and depend on some which part of your brain has been damaged.

For example, if you damage the part of your brain that is responsible for your memory this can result in temporary amnesia. In the same way, a concussion can affect your inner ear or your vestibular nerve.

When this happens, vestibular dysfunction will develop both as a condition in its own right and as a symptom of your concussion. As your concussion improves over time, your vestibular disturbances should also get better.

How Does This Happen During a Car Accident?

During a road accident, your head and neck are particularly vulnerable. This is true whether the accident involves trucks, cars, or motorbikes.

You may knock your head on the dashboard or steering wheel if you do not have working airbags. Or you could hit it against the side of the door. Your head could also get struck by something falling during the accident.

Even if you do not hit your head, you could still get a concussion if your neck jerks your head suddenly. This often happens when your seatbelt tightens to keep your body in position.

This is why it is important to get checked out for both a concussion and whiplash after a car accident. Even if you are able to walk away from the accident, you could still have an injury.

Other Symptoms to Look Out For

Concussions can come with a range of symptoms depending on which part of the brain it affects. Some of these overlap with the symptoms of vestibular dysfunction, such as:

  • Difficulty balancing
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling more emotional than usual
  • Feeling nervous
  • Irritability
  • Experiencing mood swings
  • Depression

However, there are several others you can look out for. These include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Interrupted sleep patterns (including sleeping more or less than usual, or at different times than usual)
  • Feeling fatigued
  • Drowsiness
  • Feeling slower than usual
  • Feeling mentally ‘foggy’
  • Difficulty remembering things

You may find that some of these symptoms come on a while after your accident, as your body starts to recover. When these symptoms go on for an extended period of time, this is categorized as post-concussion syndrome.

While these symptoms can be very debilitating they are not life-threatening. Symptoms of a more serious concussion include:

  • Memory loss that gets worse with time
  • Pounding or persistent headaches
  • Confusion
  • Changes in your behavior that you cannot explain
  • Weakness or difficulty when moving your body
  • Difficulty remaining conscious
  • Dizziness to the point that you can’t stand
  • Different sized pupils
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fitting or seizures
  • Numbness or tingling that spreads into your arms or legs
  • Blood or clear fluid coming out of your ears or nose
  • Neck pain

If you experience these symptoms you should go to the emergency room or call 911. With milder symptoms, it is still a good idea to seek medical assistance from your doctor as soon as possible.

Treatment for a Concussion and Vestibular Dysfunction

There are several treatment options for vestibular dysfunction. However, if your condition is linked to a concussion, your options will be more limited.

This is because your condition is dependent on your concussion improving. This is something medical professionals have less control over.

The most important thing you can do when recovering from your concussion is to rest. This ensures that your body has plenty of energy to put into recovery.

Your doctor will probably advise that you take time off work.

They will also ask you to refrain from any physically or mentally demanding activities. This includes working out or doing housework. You should avoid activities, such as balancing your cheque-book, that require intense concentration.

Beyond this, a doctor will be able to prescribe medication to help you manage your symptoms. In particular, they may be able to give you anti-nausea tablets to manage the effects of vertigo or dizziness.

If you are suffering from psychological symptoms, they will also be able to refer you to a counselor for further support.

How Can Vestibular Issues Affect Your Life?

Vestibular dysfunction can have a huge impact on your ability to live your life as usual following an accident.

Feelings of dizziness and vertigo can create serious mobility issues and make leaving the house feel difficult. Going into crowded or bright spaces is also a no-go for anyone struggling with light or noise sensitivity.

If your doctor signs you off work then this can have a huge impact on your financial security. This can be especially daunting as it is difficult to estimate how long your recovery will take.

Some concussions take a matter of days to recover from while others can last for weeks or months. On average, a concussion should be completely gone within three months. However, more severe injuries can last for well over a year.

This is a very long time to suffer, especially if you are experiencing psychological symptoms. These can take time to recover from even after the condition itself has cleared up. Because of this, it is vital to seek support from friends, family, and counselors during this time.

Seeking Compensation for Vestibular Disturbance and a Concussion

If your vestibular dysfunction has been caused by a concussion following a car accident, you could be entitled to serious compensation. This will help to support you financially through your recovery and beyond so that you have one less thing to worry about.

To make a claim, you should ensure that you have an experienced lawyer onside. They will be able to review your case and build a strong claim for you. They will even sort out finding evidence and managing correspondence so that you do not have to.

In order to make a strong claim, and for the sake of your health, make sure that you get your symptoms checked out as soon as possible. For more information on the cost of hiring a lawyer, check out our top tips.

Get Help Today!

While many things can cause vestibular dysfunction, a common cause is a concussion. So if you have been involved in a car accident in the last year or so then this may be the cause of your condition. Seeking medical advice will help confirm this, ensure you get proper treatment, and help you make a claim.

So what are you waiting for? Get in touch to speak to one of our team today!

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Anxiety After an Accident: What is Normal? https://www.stephenbabcock.com/blog/anxiety-after-an-accident-what-is-normal/ Mon, 02 Mar 2020 23:24:29 +0000 https://www.stephenbabcock.com/?p=79216 Did you know that there are approximately six million car accidents in the United States each year, resulting in about three million injuries? What’s more, 39.2 percent of accident survivors develop post-traumatic stress disorder. Yet, despite the prevalence of auto incidents in our nation today, there has been little public discourse when […]

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Did you know that there are approximately six million car accidents in the United States each year, resulting in about three million injuries? What’s more, 39.2 percent of accident survivors develop post-traumatic stress disorder.

Yet, despite the prevalence of auto incidents in our nation today, there has been little public discourse when it comes to the emotional after-effects.

As a result, many people remain unaware of some of the psychological consequences. If you’ve been in a car accident, you may notice a variety of emotions that you’ve never experienced before, including anxiety after an accident.

Keep reading for our guide to identifying symptoms of underlying trauma and how to get help.

Post-Car Accident Symptoms

After a car accident, you may experience a variety of symptoms. These symptoms include:

  • Trouble believing it happened
  • Shock
  • Anger
  • Nervousness
  • Worry
  • Fear uneasiness
  • Guilt

You may also find yourself thinking relentlessly about the accident throughout each day. These thoughts may feel so compelling that you cannot block them from your mind.

Coupled with the feelings above, you may have trouble returning to what feels like your normal life following the accident.

Feelings of Shock, Disbelief, and Denial

In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, most people experience a sense of shock, disbelief, or denial.

While individuals experience shock in different ways, commonalities include emotional distress, numbness, feeling afraid, and unpredictable mood swings.

It’s worth noting that you don’t have to be the driver to experience these feelings. Many passengers, pedestrians, and even observers also report these emotional responses.

Besides shock and denial, it’s also normal to feel angry, agitated, and irritable. Drivers often feel mad at one another, no matter the cause of the accident. Passengers can also feel anger at both drivers.

Although these are valid feelings following an accident, you need to deal with them. If you try to neglect or ignore them, it could result in misplaced anger towards those closest to you. Even if they had no involvement in the accident at all.

Instead, try some simple relaxation breathing techniques to help you calm down and deal with feelings as they arise.

Feelings of Guilt, Anxiety, and More

Drivers may also feel a deep sense of guilt or shame, no matter who caused the accident. Of course, these feelings get exacerbated when an accident proves avoidable.

Even witnesses and passers-by can be filled with a sense of shame or guilt. They may feel angry at themselves for somehow not preventing the accident, and they may wonder what they could have done differently.

Experiencing sadness and depression after a car accident also prove common. They are companions of anxiety. The best way to treat them is by starting a healthy conversation with a therapist or trusted loved one who you can confide in.

You may also feel as though you’d like to withdraw from society. Isolating yourself from the world is a natural reaction to a disruptive event, especially if you’d like to avoid talking about the accident.

That said, as you start to feel better, make a concerted effort to surround yourself with people who love and support you, Your friends’ and family’s love and support will provide you with the assurances you need to keep healing and recovering.

No matter what your involvement with a car accident, you may notice a deep sense of impending doom or anxiety. You may get “triggered” throughout the day to think about the crash.

If these symptoms don’t lessen with time or they start affecting your daily life, then you may be dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. Let’s take a closer look at some of the telltale signs of this syndrome.

Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

For many people, car accidents come with overwhelming feelings. These strong feelings generally go away over time. For a smaller percentage of the population, however, they may intensify. They can even alter the way you act and think.

Some feelings prove so devastating that car accident survivors have trouble with everyday life, evident signs of post-traumatic stress.

What do the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder look like? They include:

  • Anxiety about riding or driving in vehicles
  • A continuous feeling of uneasiness
  • Irritability, or excessive anger
  • Constant worry
  • Not wanting to have medical tests or procedures done
  • Nightmares or trouble sleeping
  • Ongoing memories of the accident that you can’t control or stop
  • A feeling of disconnection from other people or events
  • Confusion, forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating
  • Intrusive flashbacks or memories

How do you cope with these feelings after an accident? There are a variety of different ways to help yourself move past the trauma associated with an accident.

How to Deal with Thoughts and Emotions After an Accident

One of the best ways to move past a car accident is by reaching out to relatives, friends, or a counselor to discuss the details of the accident.

As you speak with a trusted individual, tell them in detail what you thought, how you felt, and how you acted. Go over these events from the accident and the days proceeding it. By sharing your feelings verbally, you can begin to let them go.

In the wake of the accident, you should also stay active. Take part in physical activities that won’t impact any injuries you sustained in the accident.

Not sure which exercises you can participate in? Contact your physician for guidelines about which exercises and activities make sense for your current condition.

Always Follow Up with Your Family Doctor

You should also follow up with your family doctor and discuss any symptoms or feelings that you may be having. They can provide you with referrals to the right specialists as needed.

While talking with your doctor, ask them the following questions:

  • Will post-traumatic stress ever go away?
  • Is what I’m experiencing normal?
  • Could I be depressed?
  • Could I have another mental health condition?
  • Would medicine help me feel better?
  • How long will it be until I feel better?
  • Should I go to a counselor or therapist?

What’s more, they can monitor your recovery and ensure that you receive the prescription medicines that you need. They can also refer you to a therapist or mental health specialist to help you process your feelings.

You should also consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure you fully understand your rights. They’ll be the advocate you need whether you’re dealing with insurance companies or a lawsuit.

Other Ways to Move on After an Accident

Traffic accidents often change a person’s life in multiple ways. They can make you feel limited in terms of what you can do, especially where injuries are involved. It’s critical, however, that you get back to your daily routine and activities.

Even if you are scared or uncomfortable at first, remember that healing after an accident is a process. Don’t try to do it all in one day, but do start taking small steps towards the life you had before the accident.

Riding and driving in cars can feel overwhelming and scary after an incident. You can lower your risk for future accidents and injuries by always wearing a seatbelt and practicing defensive driving.

You should also avoid driving tired or distracted. Avoid texting, eating, or talking on the phone. Never drive under the influence of medicine, alcohol, or drugs, which impact your ability to function behind the wheel.

Risk Factors Associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Certain experiences and personal histories can precondition you to be more susceptible to post-traumatic stress. What do these experiences and personal histories look like:

  • A life-threatening car accident
  • A car accident that results in your bodily harm
  • How much support you receive following the accident
  • Struggling with underlying anxiety, depression, or another mental health concern
  • Being a first responder to traumatic events (e.g., firefighters, police officers, rescue workers, etc.)
  • Experiencing a prior traumatic event (e.g., a terrorist attack, an assault, a rape, a different car accident, a natural disaster, etc.)

Don’t let anyone belittle you or make you feel ashamed about the feelings that you have. Instead, make an appointment with your physician to discuss your thoughts, feelings, and recovery post-accident.

They can educate you about the symptoms most car accident victims face as well as provide you with referrals should your symptoms warrant a higher level of care and support.

Physiological Symptoms Related to Emotional Pain

Although we conceal psychological pain internally, it doesn’t make it any less real. What’s more, trauma and pain have documented physiological impacts on our bodies. What do some of these physiological symptoms look like:

  • Crying spells
  • Headaches
  • Stomach distress
  • Hypervigilance
  • Exaggerated startle responses
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Dry mouth
  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares
  • Low energy
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle tension
  • Muscle aches
  • Muscle pains

The symptoms listed above are all associated with anxiety, depression, and shock, and they can make it even harder to get back into your daily routine. Although these symptoms should decrease over time, keep a close eye on them.

If you don’t notice improvement, contact your doctor to discuss what else might be going on.

Symptoms that Require Immediate Attention

It’s critical that you catch these thought patterns immediately and then consult with a physician for a healthy resolution. If you notice any of these symptoms, then get in touch with your doctor right away:

  • Your feelings begin to disrupt your daily life
  • You have ongoing difficulty eating
  • You have continuous challenges with sleeping
  • You don’t feel better despite the passage of time
  • You rely on alcohol and drugs as coping mechanisms
  • You start having thoughts about harming yourself or others

While we’re in the thick of particularly powerful emotions, it can feel as if they’re going to last forever. Remember, though, that you may just need an extra nudge in the right direction to get the internal healing process going.

When you add post-car accident stress to the mix, such as denied insurance claims, this can increase feelings of hopelessness and despair. But you don’t have to go it alone. Contact a reputable personal industry attorney for the support you need.

The Road to Healing and Recovery

Whether you’re dealing with depression after a car wreck or anxiety about driving, there are a variety of self-care strategies that can help you to start healing and re-gaining control over your life. These strategies include:

  • Taking care of yourself
  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Exercising often
  • Getting plenty of rest and sleep
  • Attempting to stick to your regular routine
  • Talking with your family, friends, or a qualified therapist about your experience
  • Meditating, praying, or asking for prayer from others at your local church

If other family members were involved in the accident, make time to talk about the accident as a family. Give each other plenty of reassurance and love during the conversation and create a safe space for expression.

Don’t assign blame or argue with one another. Instead, let family members share their perspectives and experiences without judgment or criticism.

Was one of your children or teens involved in the accident? Then, you should also follow up with their school teachers, counselor, and principle to make sure everyone understands what happened. Ask them to cut your child some slack as they recover.

Just make sure to let your children know that you’ve contacted their school so that they don’t feel like you’ve done something behind their backs.

Anxiety After an Accident

If you’re experiencing anxiety after an accident, you don’t have to suffer in silence. One of the best ways to heal and begin taking back control of your life? Understanding your legal rights.

In the wake of an accident, you likely have a lot of questions and concerns. You may feel unsure of how to deal with your insurance company, and you may have questions about the compensation that you deserve. Don’t sweep these questions under the rug.

Instead, hire a personal injury lawyer with the experience and compassion you need to deal with insurance companies, advocate on your behalf, and let you know when a legal remedy is required. Call to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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Concussion Danger Sign: Vomiting After a Head Injury https://www.stephenbabcock.com/blog/concussion-danger-sign-vomiting-after-a-head-injury/ Sun, 01 Mar 2020 23:19:11 +0000 https://www.stephenbabcock.com/?p=79210 Traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussion is a significant cause of disability and death in the United States. From 2006 to 2014, the rate of hospitalizations and deaths related to TBI injuries increased by 53 percent. What’s more, 155 people die every day as a result of TBI-related injuries from ignoring […]

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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussion is a significant cause of disability and death in the United States. From 2006 to 2014, the rate of hospitalizations and deaths related to TBI injuries increased by 53 percent. What’s more, 155 people die every day as a result of TBI-related injuries from ignoring a danger sign. As for those who survive TBI? Their symptoms may prove fleeting, or they may last a lifetime.

Symptoms of TBI or concussion range from problems with hearing or vision to personality alterations and depression. An often overlooked yet significant danger sign that you or a loved one needs immediate medical attention? Nausea and vomiting.

Keep reading for more information about head trauma and when you need to seek a professional medical opinion.

What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?

Also known as concussions, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur as a result of blows or other trauma to the head. Violent shaking to the upper body or the head may also result in a concussion.

While some TBIs cause individuals to lose concentration, don’t assume you have nothing to be concerned about if you or a loved one remains conscious following injury. It’s even possible to have a concussion and not realize it.

Historically, cartoons and television shows have made TBIs look like something to be shrugged off. Remember the old birds and stars swirling around the head schtick?

In reality, though, TBIs are an imminent threat to your health. You should follow up with medical care if you or a loved one suspects a concussion.

In severe cases, a concussion can lead to a dangerous collection of blood (hematoma) that forms in the brain as the result of a jolt, blow, or bump to the head.

This hematoma may squeeze the brain against the skull causing further damage or even death.

In particular, nausea or vomiting immediately following head trauma is indicative of deeper neurological problems. Get medical help right away.

What Causes a TBI?

The brain’s consistency is like that of gelatin. This fragile tissue is cushioned from everyday bumps and jolts by the cerebrospinal fluid inside your skull.

However, a violent blow or jolt to the head, neck, or upper body can cause the brain to collide forcefully with the inner walls of your skull. For example, in a car crash, the sudden acceleration and deceleration of the head can lead to brain injury.

This initial injury often gets further exacerbated by bleeding or swelling occurring in and around the brain. This bleeding creates pressure on the brain and can further push it into the inner wall of the skull.

Symptoms associated with brain trauma include nausea and vomiting immediately following the incident. Swelling or bleeding can also lead to confusion and drowsiness. These symptoms may come on quickly, or they may be delayed.

As a result, some people don’t put two and two together when it comes to a concussion. Bleeding and brain swelling can be fatal.

If you are experiencing the symptoms that follow or you notice them in a loved one, seek immediate medical care. Even slight delays can prove serious or fatal. This care will involve monitoring or intervention depending on the severity of symptoms.

The “Danger Sign”: Know the Symptoms of TBI or Concussion

When it comes to a concussion, you may notice a group of symptoms, or you may only develop one danger sign, such as nausea and vomiting. Whatever the case, you need to take it seriously.

What are concussion signs to watch out for? They include:

  • Nausea or repeated vomiting
  • Drowsiness or inability to wake up
  • A headache that increases in severity or refuses to go away
  • One pupil larger than the other
  • Slurred speech, weakness, decreased coordination, or numbness
  • Unusual behavior
  • Increased confusion
  • Restlessness or agitation
  • Loss of consciousness (no matter how brief)
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Feeling of pressure in the head
  • Confusion or feeling “foggy”
  • Dizziness or “seeing stars”
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Delayed response to questions
  • Appearing dazed

Do you or a loved one have any of the symptoms listed above? Have you undergone recent head trauma? If so, seek medical attention immediately.

Don’t return to vigorous activity as long as these symptoms persist. This warning goes for both adult and child athletes, too. Failing to follow these precautions could lead to more severe injury or even death.

Delayed Onset Symptoms of Concussion

While TBI symptoms may manifest immediately, they don’t always do so. For example, head trauma and vomiting can be linked immediately following a traumatic episode or take a few days to set in.

What’s more, other signs may manifest later on, too. These symptoms include:

  • Sensory disorders affecting smell or taste
  • Psychological adjustment problems
  • Depression
  • Sensitivity to noise and light
  • Irritability or other personality changes
  • Concentration and memory issues

The onset and duration of symptoms depend on a variety of factors. These factors include the area of the brain that sustained the damage.

Some individuals experience few symptoms while others report difficulties months or even years after the initial cause of their TBI.

How Prevalent Is the TBI Problem?

In 2014 alone, 2.5 million people visited emergency rooms with TBI-related injuries. Of those, approximately 812,000 involved children. TBI contributed to the deaths of 56,800 individuals, including 2,529 children.

Falls remain among the leading causes of TBIs, accounting for 48 percent of all diagnosed cases. Children and older adults are disproportionately affected by concussions of this nature.

The second leading cause of TBIs? Getting struck by or against an object. This situation occurs in about 17 percent of concussion cases.

Car accidents remain the most prevalent cause of this type of trauma. What’s more, falls and car or truck accidents accounted for the vast majority of TBIs requiring hospitalization.

Which demographic is most likely to be affected by these types of TBIs? Motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of hospitalizations for individuals aged between 15 and 44 years of age.

Risk Factors Associated with TBI

There are a variety of circumstances and activities that can elevate your risk for TBI. These include:

  • Participating in high-risk sports such as hockey, soccer, rugby, boxing, or another contact sport
  • Falling, especially in the young or elderly
  • Participating in a high-risk athletic activity without proper safety equipment and supervision
  • Involvement in a motor vehicle collision
  • Being a soldier involved in combat
  • Sustaining physical abuse as a result of domestic violence
  • Having a previous concussion
  • Involvement as a pedestrian or cyclist in an accident

Because TBIs are sometimes asymptomatic, you should seek medical attention if you’ve endured head-related trauma associated with any of the above activities. When it comes to head injury, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

If your physician gives you a clean bill of health, but something still feels wrong, go with your gut. Get a second opinion.

Issues that Complicate a TBI

Specific circumstances can complicate the treatment of a TBI. These include:

  • Post-traumatic vertigo
  • Post-traumatic headaches
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • Second impact syndrome
  • Cumulative effects of multiple brain injuries

How do these past issues contribute to a more serious problem after a recent traumatic head injury? Let’s explore each one of these situations and how they can impact treatments and outcomes.

Post-Traumatic Vertigo

Post-traumatic vertigo refers to a sense of spinning or dizziness that can last for days, weeks, or even months. It can prove debilitating for some individuals without any clear indication of duration.

Post-Traumatic Headaches

Post-traumatic headaches can last for weeks or months after a brain injury. As with post-traumatic vertigo, they can make it difficult to ascertain whether symptoms are getting worse or just persisting.

Post-Concussion Syndrome

Post-concussion syndrome refers to a cluster of symptoms, including dizziness, headaches, and thinking difficulties, that have a delayed onset of a few days. Once the symptoms set in, they can last for weeks or even months.

Second Impact Syndrome

Second impact syndrome is a rare condition, but one that’s nonetheless important to understand. It happens when an individual experiences a second concussion before signs and symptoms of the first have resolved.

This condition often leads to rapid and even fatal brain swelling. That’s why athletes must refrain from participating in exercise and physical activity until they have fully recovered from a TBI.

How long should it take for a concussion to resolve? Concussions cause changes to the brain’s chemical levels. It can take a week or more for those chemical levels to stabilize and return to normal. As for recovery time, it varies by the individual.

Cumulative Effects of Multiple Brain Injuries

When you or a family member has experienced more than one traumatic brain injury in the past, this circumstance indicates a higher risk for developing a lasting, possibly progressive impairment. This impairment could limit bodily functions over the long-term.

While active research continues in this area, there is much we still don’t know about the cumulative effects of multiple injuries on the brain.

How Can You Prevent TBIs?

While it’s impossible to rule out all potential causes of brain injury, you can limit some of your risks by wearing protective gear during recreational and sporting activities. You should make sure this gear fits properly, is worn correctly, and is well-maintained.

Follow the rules of the game and good sportsmanship in general to avoid potential concussions and injuries. As for activities such as snowboarding, bicycling, or motorcycling, always wear protective headgear.

When driving or riding in a vehicle, wear a seatbelt. This precaution can prevent serious injury, including head injury, by avoiding a head collision with the dashboard, windshield, window, and other hard surfaces in a vehicle.

Make sure that children are in the right car seat or booster seat for their age and weight. You should also take care to ensure the car seat or booster is installed correctly and maintained.

There are many ways to prevent falls at home, too. Start by making sure that your floors are clutter-free and your home well-lit. Falls around the house remain among the leading cause of TBI. Remove potential fall risks before harm occurs.

Make sure, too, that you child-proof your home if you’ve got small kids. That means keeping them away from stairways. You should also install window guards to prevent falls.

Exercising regularly can help you maintain core and leg strength so that you have better overall stability.

Finally, remain well educated about concussions. They’re more prevalent than you might think, and their symptoms should be recognized and taken seriously.

Although our culture has often minimized the danger of concussions, they lead to lasting brain damage or even fatalities when proper medical treatment doesn’t occur at the right time. Keep this checklist handy anytime you suspect head trauma.

Understand The Signs and Symptoms of Head Trauma

From head trauma and vomiting to dizziness, ringing in the ears, and pressure in the head, you need to be familiar with the symptoms of concussion. After all, TBIs result in millions of hospitalizations each year as well as thousands of fatalities.

By following the tips above, you’ll be in a better place to identify the red flags of a concussion. You’ll also be armed with preventative steps to avoid head injury in the first place. You must recognize each danger sign of TBI.

Being familiar with this condition and the symptoms that go with it can help you prevent serious injury or even death. We all know that life can be tricky, but you don’t have to go it alone.

Have you or loved one been in an accident that caused a TBI? Or perhaps long-term damage? Then, you should know your legal rights.

Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your injury and legal remedies available to you.

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Are You Sleeping a Lot After a Car Accident? You May Have a Concussion https://www.stephenbabcock.com/blog/are-you-sleeping-a-lot-after-a-car-accident-you-may-have-a-concussion/ Sat, 29 Feb 2020 23:16:44 +0000 https://www.stephenbabcock.com/?p=79207 There are approximately 6 million car accidents across the US every year. These lead to more than two million injuries a year. These injuries can be both physical and psychological, but they are not always apparent immediately after your accident. This is why it is extremely important to keep an eye […]

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There are approximately 6 million car accidents across the US every year. These lead to more than two million injuries a year. These injuries can be both physical and psychological, but they are not always apparent immediately after your accident. This is why it is extremely important to keep an eye out for the signs of a serious injury in the weeks and months after a car accident. As the adrenalin and endorphins in your body wear off after an accident, you may start to realize you have new symptoms emerging.

If you find that you are sleeping a lot after a car accident, this could be a sign that you have a brain injury, such as a concussion. In that case, it is important to seek medical support as soon as possible.

Want to know more? Then you are in the right place! Read on to find out everything you need to know about concussions and why sleeping a lot could be a sign that you have one.

Why Are You Sleeping a Lot After a Car Accident?

Being involved in any type of road accident can be very traumatic and, because of this, it can reak havoc with your sleeping patterns.

You may find it difficult to sleep due to pain from injuries that you sustained during the crash. Or you may find that you experience flashbacks of the accident, which interrupt your sleep.

Accidents bring a lot of stress with them. For example, you may have to deal with lawyers, your insurers, phone calls, and paperwork to get things in order after a crash. You may also find that your personal relationships become strained following an accident.

Collectively, this can leave you feeling exhausted so you may find that you are sleeping a lot after your accident.

Wanting to sleep more could also be a sign that you are struggling psychologically. Not wanting to get out of bed in the mornings you be an indication that you are suffering from depression or anxiety.

However, this could also be a symptom of an injury that you sustained during the crash itself. In this case, you could have a concussion. To understand more, let’s take a look at this particular injury.

What Is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, otherwise known as a TBI. These injuries can vary from mild to life-threatening and a concussion falls at the ‘mild’ end of this scale. That said, it can still be debilitating and have an impact on your ability to live your life as usual.

A concussion usually happens if you knock your head on something or if it receives a blow from an object. They can also occur if your head jerks suddenly and with force because this motion can upset the position of your brain. During any of these events, your brain can knock against the inside of your skull or become twisted.

When this happens it triggers a chemical reaction, which upsets the chemical balance inside your brain. You may also damage some of your brain cells. As a result of this, your brain does not function the way it normally does.

Often, a concussion will affect one specific part of your brain more than another. This depends on which part of it gets damaged. For example, if you damage the nausea centers in your brain this will leave you with nausea after a car accident.

You may experience a concussion immediately after your accident or you may find that the symptoms come on more slowly. This is why you should not ignore your symptoms, even if some time has passed since your accident.

Why Is this a Common Car Crash Injury?

Concussions are one of the most common head injuries that people experience after car crashes. This is simply because during a crash your head and neck are extremely vulnerable.

Even in a minor crash, it is easy to bump or jerk your head when your car stops suddenly. This can happen whether your accident involves just your car or multiple vehicles.

Unlike the rest of your body, your head and neck are not held in place by a seatbelt. This is because keeping them rigid in a crash could also cause serious damage. Having an airbag in your vehicle has been a legal requirement in the US since 1998 in order to minimize damage to your head and neck during a crash.

Nevertheless, these injuries still happen. If someone rear-ends your car, you will often find yourself jerked in your seat, which can lead to a concussion. In this instance, an airbag may not be much help to you.

An airbag may also not protect you from knocking your head on the side of your car door. It definitely will not stop an object from hitting it during a crash either.

Because of this, it is important to get properly checked out after your crash even if you feel like you can walk away from it. You should also keep an eye out for any of the other signs of a concussion. Let’s take a closer look at some of these.

Other Symptoms of a Concussion

When it comes to your concussion sleep or too much of it, may not be your only symptom.

A concussion can affect your sleeping patterns in several different ways. For some people, it actually means they find it more difficult to get to sleep or to stay asleep. You may also find that you are sleeping well but at odd times.

Because of this, you may experience fatigue or feel drowsy with you have a concussion. In the early days of having a concussion, you may even have trouble staying awake. In this case, you should seek emergency medical assistance.

Some other symptoms of a concussion include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Difficulty balancing
  • Extra sensitivity to light or noise
  • Feeling slower than usual
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Feeling like you have a mental ‘fog’
  • Difficulty remembering things
  • Tingling and/or numbness in your hands and/or feet

You may also experience psychological symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, or irritability. Some people find they are more emotional or cautious than usual after an accident. This is an understandable reaction to a traumatic experience but it could also be a sign that they have a concussion.

It is incredibly important to seek help from a medical professional if you are experiencing any of these symptoms after a car accident. This is the case even if the accident occurred some time ago. This could mean that you have post-concussion syndrome.

Why Shouldn’t You Sleep With a Concussion?

There is an idea that people with a concussion should avoid sleeping. This leads people to wonder about how long to stay awake after a concussion. However, if you do have a concussion you should not deprive your body of sleep.

In fact, sleep is one of the best things for you when you are recovering from a concussion. It will give your body more energy to put into repairing the damage to your brain.

Keeping people awake after an accident came from before CT scanning was available. Back then, the only way to tell if someone had a major brain injury was to see if their alertness decreased over time. This would indicate that the patient had blood pressing on their brain and was in urgent need of medical attention.

Fortunately, this is no longer the case and doctors can run CT scans to look for damage. Ideally, you should stay awake for six hours after your accident to make sure you do not become sleepy very suddenly. Beyond this, you are fine to rest as normal.

For extra peace of mind, ask someone to wake you at regular intervals and keep an eye out for any more serious symptoms. These include:

  • Neck pain that doesn’t improve
  • Memory loss that gets worse with time
  • Confusion
  • Persistent or pounding headaches
  • Changes in your behavior
  • Blood or clear fluid coming from your nose or ears
  • Weakness when moving
  • Tingling and/or numbness in your arms and/or legs
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dizziness to the point that you cannot stand
  • Seizures and/or fitting
  • Different sized pupils
  • Loss of consciousness or difficulty remaining conscious

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should go straight to the emergency room or call an ambulance. Do not drive yourself to the hospital.

Seeking Medical Attention

Unless you have emergency symptoms, you can see your regular doctor regarding your symptoms of concussion.

When they see you they will want to carry out an assessment of all of your potential symptoms. This means that they may ask you about symptoms that you are not experiencing. They will also want to know about:

  • When your accident occurred
  • How long you have had your symptoms for
  • Any previous concussions that you have had, when these were diagnosed, and how long they lasted
  • Your medical history
  • Any medications you are taking
  • Your alcohol and drug use
  • Your family medical history

They will also carry out a physical examination. This involves checking your eyes and feeling your head for any bumps or cuts. During this examination, they will also test your reflexes.

Getting a medical examination means that you will be able to get the best support possible for your recovery. It is also a vital step to take if you want to make a claim for your injury.

Recovering from a Concussion

Unfortunately, treatment options for a concussion are limited. This is because your recovery depends on your brain repairing the damage itself so doctors cannot intervene.

Instead, they will recommend lots of rest and will focus on the best way to help you manage the symptoms of your concussion. They may prescribe you pain relief for headaches or anti-nausea medication for nausea and vomiting. If you experience any psychological symptoms, your doctor may refer you to a counselor for support or prescribe antidepressants.

Unfortunately, there is no telling how long a concussion can last. With a mild concussion, you should expect this to clear up within three months at the most. However, more severe concussions can last well over a year.

This can be extremely frustrating and have a huge impact on your life. You will have to refrain from activities that require a lot of energy or concentration. For example, you should not drive or do sport without permission from your doctor.

Usually, this also means you will have to take time off work or cut down on your hours. Because of this, a concussion can become a serious financial burden and cause of stress for anyone recovering from one. This is why it is important to seek legal support for your injury as soon as possible.

Seeking Compensation for Your Concussion

If your concussion is a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault then you should definitely seek compensation. This will help to support you while you recover both physically and emotionally from the crash.

This can cover anything from lost wages to car repair costs. You can also make a claim for the emotional damage of an accident and for help covering your medical bills.

In order to make a successful claim, you should pay an experienced lawyer to be by your side. They will take care of everything from the type of claim you make, to the evidence you need to support this. They will even handle correspondence so that you can focus your time and energy on your recovery.

Get Help Today!

If you are sleeping a lot after a car accident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. This could be a sign that you have a concussion and are entitled to compensation.

To speak to someone about making a claim for your concussion, get in touch with one of our team today. We’re here to help!

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