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You saw the other vehicle heading toward you, but you had nowhere else to go. When it collided with your vehicle, you hit your head on the window before striking the airbag. You immediately had a splitting headache.

In accidents like yours, it's common to develop a concussion from the impact your body has suffered. The movement of your head going forward and back or quickly side to side can cause whiplash, and impacts could cause swelling or bleeding on the brain. You may have a good idea about what a concussion is, but there are many myths to address. Here are just three to remember.

Myth 1: Concussions are only caused by impacts

Concussions are normally caused by a direct blow the the head, but violent shaking of the head is also enough to cause them. If you hadn't struck your head, there would still be a potential for a concussion depending on how quickly your head whipped forward. When the head whips forward and back quickly, the tendons surrounding the brain can't hold it in place, and they could tear or twist. Additionally, the brain can impact the skull, causing injuries.

Myth 2: People have to lose consciousness to have a concussion

People who suffer from a concussion don't have to lose consciousness. If the blow to the head is hard enough, it's possible to knock someone out, but since a concussion can happen to any part of the brain, it's possible not to pass out at all. Those who do not pass out may have headaches or feel dazed or confused. It's more common for them to suffer from nausea or dizziness.

Myth 3: Concussions are never fatal

Concussions do have the potential to lead to death. While many concussions are mild, there are some that can cause bleeding and swelling that has to be immediately treated. If the brain swells, the pressure damages more than just the point of impact. Damaging important sections of the brain can lead to long-term injuries or death. Additionally, there is the risk of blood clots. If one develops, it's possible for it to cut off the supply of oxygen to the brain. This can result in death without immediate emergency treatment.

Whether a concussion leads to temporary injuries or death, it's important to hold the person who caused your accident responsible. Your attorney can help you get the compensation you need after a serious crash.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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