A concussion may not be the most serious brain injury, but that doesn’t mean it’s minor. Depending on the circumstances, such as the severity of the concussion and your medical condition at the time, it could result in long-term side effects that reduce your ability to live your best life.

There are a variety of physical symptoms that typically present shortly after suffering a concussion:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Blurry vision
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Ringing in the ears

Along with this, you may suffer other symptoms, such as:

  • Dizziness
  • Amnesia, such as the inability to remember the events of the accident
  • Confusion

In some people, these concussion symptoms present immediately. In others, they remain dormant for an extended period of time, such as several hours. That’s why it’s critical to receive a medical exam if you hit your head in a motor vehicle accident.

What about treatment?

If your medical team formally diagnoses you with a concussion, they’ll discuss a treatment plan for helping you make a full recovery.

The number one thing to remember during treatment is that you must give your brain time to heal. This means cutting back on both mental and physical exertion. For example, as you recover from a concussion, you shouldn’t go to school or work. And when you are ready, it’s best to slowly ease back into your schedule.

If everything goes as planned, your symptoms will begin to subside and you’ll find yourself on the road to a full recovery. However, if your symptoms linger, your doctor may want to run additional tests to ensure that nothing else is wrong.

For instance, there’s a big difference between a concussion and bleeding on the brain and/or a skull fracture. While they can cause similar symptoms, the treatment of each injury is unique.

Any injury to your brain, including a concussion, is serious. It can impact your physical and mental health, both in the immediate aftermath of the accident and in the future.

Once you’re on the path to making a recovery, learn more about the accident that caused your concussion and the steps you can take to protect your legal rights.