What to Do if You Suffer a Concussion
What to Do if You Suffer a Concussion

If you or a loved one suffer a blow to the head, there is always a possibility of a concussion. A concussion occurs when a blow to the head shakes the brain enough that it hits the inner part of the skull. Concussions can range in severity and in the time they take to heal. Regardless of severity, it is important to monitor yourself if you suffer a blow to the head, and take the appropriate steps if you end up with a concussion.

Know the Symptoms of a Concussion

If you hit your head during any activity, you should monitor yourself for any possible concussion symptoms. One major symptom is blacking out, but you can certainly suffer a concussion without actually passing out. The following symptoms can be indicators of a concussion:

  1. Headaches that worsen over time
  2. Nausea and vomiting
  3. Dizziness
  4. Blurred vision
  5. Sensitivity to light
  6. Difficulty thinking clearly
  7. Mood swings
  8. Poor sleep

If you or a loved one suffer a blow to the head, the safest bet is to be evaluated by a doctor. If the incident was particularly traumatic, such as a car accident or severe sports injury, call an ambulance so paramedics can stabilize the injured person to make sure no further damage is done on the way to the hospital.

Recovering from a Concussion

Less severe concussions can clear up within a few days. However, some more serious ones can take longer to improve. One very important key to recovery is rest. Some other steps that can help improve symptoms include:

  1. Getting a full night’s sleep.
  2. Avoid activities requiring intense concentration.
  3. Avoid alcohol and illicit drugs.
  4. Stay home from work or school for a few days in order to get adequate rest.
  5. Ice any areas of swelling.

If your doctor prescribes you medication, be sure to take it as prescribed. If you begin to feel worse, or you are concerned that your symptoms are not improving, contact your doctor. They will be able to perform more tests to further assess your condition.

In some serious cases, people with concussions might require more intense treatment to recover. This could include speech therapy, occupational therapy, medication and counseling.

“A concussion is a serious injury that can have long-term effects. If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion due to another party’s negligence, you should consult with a personal injury attorney about your case,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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