Car Wreck Concussions: a Neuroscientists’s Personal Story

Car Wreck Concussions - Neuroscientist

Even rear-end car wrecks can cause concussions. The signs may not show up right away. They may be subtle. And they can last for months. A neuroscientist explains his personal experience.

A neuroscientist just exploded archaic myths about car wreck concussions. Here’s the reality:

(1) they can happen in rear end collisions;

(2) they can happen even if you don’t black out;

(3) the emergency room usually misses the diagnosis;

(4) behavioral and physiological effects of an injury can be masked for seventy-two hours;

(5) the symptoms can last for months – language processing, headaches, emotional dysregulation;

(6) the symptoms are different for everyone because not every concussion affects the same part of the brain.

Read Dr. Levitin’s personal “diary of a concussion” here (https://www.newyorker.com/culture/personal-history/neuroscientists-diary-of-a-concussion):

Car Wreck Concussions - Neuroscientist

And remember: Dr. Levitin is not a lawyer, he’s not an insurance claims adjuster, and this wasn’t published in some two-bit toss-away rag or on the local evening news as a public interest piece. He’s a neuroscientist, and the New Yorker doesn’t just publish whatever comes across their tip line.

Galileo Law personal injury attorney Paul Veillon takes concussions seriously and investigates their presence in every case. No motor vehicle collision, constructions site injury, or other personal injury victim can take for granted that they escaped a mild traumatic brain injury. Such injuries don’t happen in every case, and the symptoms often go away. Insurance companies generally apply decades-old “check boxes” to evaluate brain injury claims – no blackout and no brain bleed on an emergency room CT scan means no “objective evidence” of a concussion and therefore no need to take it seriously. Galileo Law and decent physicians who keep up on the literature (and aren’t in the insurance company’s pocket) know better.

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