A blow to the head from an auto accident or fall is often serious, and always a cause for concern. With any head injury, there is a risk of concussion, also called Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI). A concussion is defined as an alteration in brain function resulting from mechanical force or trauma and can be accompanied by many symptoms.
A common symptom of a concussion injury is nausea. While some nausea is fairly common in mild concussions, severe nausea, accompanied by vomiting, may be an indication of more severe head injuries, such as skull fractures or hematomas (blood clots). These conditions may be life-threatening, so any head injury accompanied by nausea and/or vomiting warrants immediate medical attention.
Mild nausea or vomiting following a head injury may last for several days after an accident. The victim may be hospitalized for observation, X-rays and other tests may be ordered to rule out fractures or subdural hematomas. Even if the symptoms disappear fairly quickly, the victim may have difficulty completing basic tasks and may have to miss work.
After an accident, and especially after suffering a head injury, it is normal to feel overwhelmed, and to worry about what will happen next. At the Sargent Law Firm, we understand what you are going through, and want to help ease some of that anxiety. We will concentrate on getting your medical expenses paid, and seeking the compensation you need to ease the financial burden that an injury may cause to your family. You can rely on us to take care of the details of getting you a fair settlement while you concentrate on recovering.
Nausea May Be A Sign Of Pcs
In about ten percent of concussion victims, symptoms continue much longer. Nausea or vomiting that persists for more than a few days after a head injury may be an indication of Post-Concussion Syndrome or PCS. PCS describes the lingering symptoms that may persist for months or even years after a concussion.
There is no way to predict who will suffer from PCS, but older people, young children, and women are more likely to experience lasting symptoms. Prolonged nausea and/or vomiting can cause other health problems such as weight loss, depression, and sleep disturbances. These symptoms can also affect your ability to work, go to school, and attend to the needs of your family.
Any Blow To The Head May Cause A Concussion
Many concussions are caused by auto accidents, but a person may experience a concussion after tripping and falling, even on a flat surface. At work, a heavy object may fall from a shelf and hit you on the head. Children suffer concussions when jumping into swimming pools or slipping on wet surfaces at public pools. Children and adults regularly suffer head injuries while engaged in sporting activities.
Repeated concussion injuries may lead to severe, permanent neurological problems. These symptoms are often seen in athletes, but can also occur with any repeated head injuries.
Consult An Escondido, Ca Accident Attorney
Fortunately, if you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault, financial compensation may be available for your concussion and PCS symptoms. Worker’s compensation benefits are available if your concussion injury occurred at work.
The Sargent Law Firm represents injured persons in auto accidents, worker’s compensation cases, and other injury cases in the Escondido area. Because these cases can be complex, you should always seek the advice of an attorney when you are suffering from lasting nausea or other symptoms after a concussion injury.
Our attorneys have the experience necessary to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation for your lasting concussion symptoms. Our consultations are always free, and you will not pay us a fee unless we win a settlement or award for you. Call us today at (760) 392-7644.