Q: Which type of Vancouver car accident injury is more serious, whiplash or concussion?
You suffered a battery of injuries in a recent Vancouver auto accident.
Whether a commercial truck whacked into your car at an intersection or a careless teenager whammed you from behind, you are in serious physical pain.
Perhaps your doctor diagnosed you with a complex set of injuries, including a sore neck, whiplash, and a possible concussion. While injuries such as a sore neck and whiplash are nothing to sneeze at, odds are high that treating the concussion is the top priority.
In fact, at McComb Witten, we do not like to use the word "concussion" because it dangerously minimizes the injury. A concussion is actually a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Instead of a minor bump on the head, you endured torsional forces on your brain structures and tissues that can cause memory loss, vertigo, nausea, vomiting, and worse. They can also disrupt glucose metabolism in the brain for a week or longer, lead to swelling in the brain, and change the delicate network of your neural infrastructure.
There are two reasons why you need to focus on treating the TBI:
- Time is often of the essence in TBI cases. If a doctor catches the problem in time, he or she can administer cutting-edge pharmaceuticals and other treatments to prevent further damage and potentially speed up recovery.
- Recently brain injured people are at elevated risk for second impact syndrome. When you suffer a head injury, your brain becomes exquisitely sensitive. A second concussion or even sub-concussion can cause much more serious complications.
If you have suffered a head injury, contact your doctor or an emergency responder right away. Once your condition is stable and you are ready to investigate your legal options, contact a Vancouver car accident lawyer at McComb Witten. We are extremely experienced, aggressive and thorough and can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us now at 604-255-9018 for a free consultation or download a free copy of our special report entitled I've Been in a Car Accident, What Should I Do? The Car Accident Victim's Tool Kit for more information.