Misdiagnosed Concussion After an Accident: What’s At Stake

Posted by John D'Intino Jr.Sep 20, 20210 Comments

Whiplash; windshield contact; any strike or blow to the head: It's alarmingly easy to sustain a concussion after a vehicular accident.

Unfortunately, it may not be as easy to diagnose a concussion definitively. Concussions can be sneaky, with symptoms that often go unspotted. These symptoms can increase in severity swiftly but subtly, leaving a concussion victim very vulnerable to poor health outcomes without proper treatment.

Let's talk about how to spot a concussion—and what may happen when a concussion remains misdiagnosed.

Common Symptoms of a Post-Crash Concussion

The CDC breaks up concussion symptoms into observed and reported signs—e.g., what you might see in another, and what you might feel yourself and tell another.

Observed concussion symptoms include:

  • Amnesia
  • Appearing stunned or dazed
  • Confusion
  • Clumsy movement
  • Slow speech (especially in response to questions)
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Behavioral or personality changes

Reported concussion symptoms include:

  • Pressure in the head (or a headache)
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Balance problems
  • Dizziness
  • Aversion to noise or light
  • A feeling of sluggishness
  • Concentration, confusion, or memory issues

These symptoms can range from extremely clear to relatively vague.

If these symptoms go ignored, however, bad things can happen.

What Can Happen if You Don't Treat a Concussion

It's important to remember that a concussion is a form of TBI, or traumatic brain injury. Failing to care for a TBI properly can affect your mental, emotional, and physical health for years after an incident.

Long-term, you may experience the following issues:

  • Blurred or impaired vision
  • Vertigo
  • Constant headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Extreme emotional reactions
  • New phobias

These symptoms of poor or impaired mental health can place a large strain on your life, your work, and your relationships. They can also ensure that you will require some form of care after your concussion, perhaps for a very long time.

Need Help Pursuing Post-Crash Concussion Compensation? Give D'Intino Law a Call

If you believe that your care—or lack of care—after an accident resulted in an untreated or mistreated concussion, there are steps you can take to pursue compensation.

Document your symptoms and care as completely as you can, and then reach out to D'Intino Law in Philadelphia. We are very experienced in car accident cases and can help you work towards the compensation you need.