Loss of Consciousness After Accident or Injury

Loss of consciousness is a very important diagnostic tool for injury. We have seen a tremendous number of unreported loss of consciousness conditions. Mostly these cases start with the victim denying loss of consciousness to those at the scene or to emergency room personnel.
Many of us do not understand what loss of consciousness is. Many people have an idea that they have to be unconscious for a period of time and then wake up in order to report a loss of consciousness. However, loss of consciousness can be nothing more than a brief period where the victim is not cognizant. Still, this is very important to recognize and to report.
Usually, loss of consciousness is the result of striking one's head. However, direct trauma is not required to produce a loss of consciousness. A severe whiplash has been known to produce loss of consciousness.
Our suggestion, if you are reading this information in advance of an accident, is that you try to remember and report accurately. If there is a time just after the accident that you cannot recall, and that otherwise exhibits the attributes of a loss of consciousness, be sure to tell the police or/and hospital emergency room personnel. If you forgot to tell them at the time, make a call or write a letter to ensure their file has that important information in it. For help in writing such a letter, see the Post-accident Supplementary Letter (LOC). Go to POST-ACCIDENT SUPPLEMENTARY LETTER (LOC)
If you think you may have had loss of consciousness but are not sure, you should mention that there is a possibility and that there is a time you can't remember. This will leave the door open for a medical diagnosis of loss of consciousness at some later date.