A concussion is a minor blow to the head. It’s categorized as a mild traumatic brain injury and might not present acute symptoms. However, it can lead to severe complications if left untreated. Here’s what you need to know to take care of your health, and what to consider if you need to file an accident claim for compensation. 

How Do You Know If You Have a Concussion?

Most concussions are relatively minor brain injuries and often go away within a short period of time. You may have a concussion if you display the following symptoms

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness or headaches
  • Memory problems
  • Fatigue or irritability
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sleep difficulties

Always see a medical professional to assess the full nature of your condition. Even the slightest knock on the head is worth a closer look. There are various levels of concussions that occur after impact events such as car accidents, contact sports, and other situations. During an exam, a doctor may ask about the incident that led to your injury, then check your:

  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Hearing
  • Reflexes
  • Sensation perception
  • Strength 
  • Vision

If the symptoms above seem more severe, there might be a need for imaging tests as well, such as a CT scan. 

Are Concussions a Traumatic Brain Injury?

As mentioned, they’re considered mild brain injuries but if left untreated, could progress to a more severe medical emergency with symptoms such as: 

  • Chronic headaches
  • Memory issues
  • Vertigo
  • Dizziness
  • Mood swings
  • Brain fog

If your brain injury was caused by an accident due to a negligent driver, you need a legal advocate to hold them responsible and fight for your right to compensation. The best way to build a strong personal injury claim after a car accident is to collect as much evidence and information as possible. Also, consider keeping a medical diary detailing the dates and times of your concussion or brain injury symptoms. This can increase your chances of proper compensation.

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