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Seeking medical care for a concussion after an accident

On Behalf of | Aug 11, 2023 | Personal Injury

After an accident, some injuries could appear immediately, while some could take hours or days to manifest. Regardless, these injuries could require urgent medical attention to prevent them from worsening. Common issues caused by different accident types include concussions.

These traumatic brain injuries happen when blunt force or impact makes the brain move or bounce within the skull. These movements could potentially result in physical and chemical effects, leading to various symptoms. Fortunately, concussions are non-life-threatening and could improve over a few weeks.

Still, these injuries could seriously impact the patient’s health. Ideally, anyone suspected of having a concussion should see a doctor immediately after the accident. Doing so could help determine any symptoms and necessary treatments. Sometimes, concussions could cause issues that affect the patient’s learning, memory, concentration and problem-solving abilities. These problems might require CT scans and other neurocognitive tests for an accurate diagnosis. If a concussion causes these issues, the patient might need monitoring and health care services to help them heal and restore their affected faculties.

Possible symptoms of concussions

Most concussion patients suffer from a combination of the following symptoms:

  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Balancing issues
  • Fatigue and nausea
  • Headaches and vomiting
  • Poor vision and dizziness
  • Grogginess
  • Mind fog
  • Mood swings
  • Inability to focus
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Sleeping problems

Unfortunately, some of these symptoms are common with other health conditions, increasing the risk of misdiagnosis. Still, receiving medical attention immediately after the accident could help associate these symptoms with the incident, providing an accurate diagnosis.

Recovering from preventable accident-related injuries

Despite posing no threats to the patient’s life, concussions could considerably affect their primary capabilities and daily activities. Sometimes, these injuries require extensive medical care or unique treatments, leading to significant costs. If the concussion happened because of a preventable accident, the patient could seek compensation from the at-fault party by filing a claim. Doing so might help cover medical expenses, allowing the patient to recover fully.