The head and neck are very fragile parts of the body. So, injuries to the head and neck, like whiplash or concussions, can be very serious and difficult to heal from. Follow along to find out why car accidents commonly cause whiplash or concussions and how a proficient San Antonio, Texas car accident lawyer at Sahadi Legal Group can help you in this situation.

How come car accidents commonly cause whiplash or concussions?

Whiplash is a type of neck injury that occurs when the neck makes a forceful back-and-forth movement. And so, this type of movement commonly occurs with the impact of a car collision. This is especially the case for a rear-end collision, as you may not have been anticipating the need to brace for impact.

Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury that occurs when there is a forceful blow to the head. And so, a forceful blow can occur in a car accident if you hit your head on the steering wheel, the window, the back of your seat, or even the airbag. This is especially the case if your airbag proves to be defective.

What are the common symptoms of whiplash and concussions?

Sometimes, the symptoms of whiplash or a concussion are not immediately recognizable but arise days after a car accident. And so, you must monitor yourself for any of these common symptoms:

  • Whiplash:
    • Neck pain and/or worsening of neck pain with movement.
    • Neck stiffness and/or loss of range of motion in your neck.
    • A headache at the base of your neck.
    • Tenderness in your shoulders, back, and/or upper arms.
    • Fatigue and/or dizziness.
  • Concussion:
    • Headache.
    • Ringing in the ears.
    • Nausea and/or vomiting.
    • Fatigue and/or dizziness.
    • Confusion and/or feeling foggy.
    • Blurry vision.
    • Sensitivity to light and/or sound.
    • Slurred speech.

What should I do if I am experiencing symptoms?

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, and even before you are experiencing symptoms, you must seek medical attention right away. The sooner you go, the better, as it will accurately and undeniably tie your head and neck injuries to your car accident. This information is pivotal if you wish to pursue a personal injury claim.

Upon seeking medical attention, you should also collect any medical documents that state the date, time, and severity of your injuries. These medical notes should also state what treatments are required in the future for you to reach a full recovery. You should also gather any medical bills that state the cost of your ambulance trip, emergency room visit, emergency surgeries, neck brace, and more.

For more information on what steps you should take, contact a talented San Antonio, Texas auto accident lawyer today.