Experienced Unconsciousness After a Serious Head Injury?

Unconsciousness is when someone appears to be asleep and suddenly becomes unable to respond to stimuli.

The length of time someone is unconscious can vary from a few seconds, like when someone faints, or for long periods of time.

If someone is unconscious, they may stop breathing or their pulse may become faint. Any time that someone losses consciousness they likely need medical attention.

If you lost consciousness in a car accident, you should take certain precautions and get medical attention. While it is common for people to suffer brain injuries in car accidents even without losing consciousness, losing consciousness is a sign that your brain has been injured.

Signs that you did lose consciousness, even if you cannot remember whether you did or not, include feeling dazed or dizzy.

Not all traumatic brain injuries are the same and some symptoms may not become apparent for days or even weeks after a head injury. If you lose consciousness because of a crash, you should seek medical attention immediately.

“What should I do if a loved one has lost consciousness due to an accident?”

If a loved one has lost consciousness due to a crash, you should take the following steps:

  • Seek medical attention. Get your loved one help as soon as possible, call 911 and let the first responders provide assistance.
  • Understand your loved one’s condition. There are different forms of head injuries that can show signs in different ways. Things may not be the same during a person’s recovery and sometimes these changes can last forever.
  • Know what treatment options are available. You can also look up new technologies and cutting-edge research. Then, take what you find to your doctor and ask questions. Ask about everything, about all the information you have found, and their opinions about it.
  • Contact a lawyer. The trial lawyers at Fisher Stark, P.A., are experienced in helping folks with traumatic brain injuries and their families who are often left to care for their injured loved ones. We work hard to help the victims of such catastrophic injuries hold those responsible, accountable.

“Can I sustain a brain injury without losing consciousness?”

Yes. The medical community states that one does not need to lose consciousness to sustain a traumatic brain injury. It is the movement of the brain within the skull, often scraping or hitting against the skull, that can injure the brain.

Concussions often result in car accidents when someone’s head snaps back and forth from the impact, even if their head does not hit anything.

While losing consciousness is a sign of a brain injury, it does not rule out the possibility that you have suffered a brain injury if you were conscious the whole time.

Lasting effects of losing consciousness?

Suffering a brain injury can have a range of lasting side effects such as severe headaches, dizziness, fatigue, irritability, depression, nausea, vomiting, and memory problems.

In some cases, people may not show symptoms for weeks, but some symptoms can persist for months, years or entire lifetimes.

Some people may have trouble communicating, concentrating or they may experience mood swings or changes in personality. These persisting effects can cause a loss of productivity and a loss of quality of life.

Other complications can result from the loss of consciousness and brain injuries. After a head injury there is an increased risk of depression and suicide. Some researchers have also linked brain injuries with degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Brad Stark, Perry Fisher, and Megan Silver

Fisher Stark, P.A. experienced trial attorneys serving Asheville, NC and surrounding WNC communities.

Here at Fisher Stark, P.A., we have experience representing people with traumatic brain injuries and are familiar with how such injuries can alter someone’s life and the lives of those around them. We work hard to help people with brain injuries resulting from car accidents, falls, product failures and more.

If you or someone you know has suffered a traumatic brain injury or serious head injury, we invite you to call Fisher Stark, P.A. today at 828-505-4300 to schedule a free consultation. Or you can visit our webpage > https://fisherstark.com/asheville-traumatic-brain-injury-lawyer/ where you can find more information on brain injuries and our services.