Concussion Symptoms and Levels after Motorcycle Accident

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Receiving a Concussions and What To Do Next

As millions of auto accidents occur every year, these accidents result in various types of injuries, most commonly, a concussion. An auto accident in California can result in injuries that range from mild to even life-changing ones. It won’t be wrong to say that a concussion is a deceptively serious injury. Understand that most insurance companies downplay the severity of a concussion, so contact your CA personal injury lawyer to help you get a claim you deserve.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion can be explained as a mild traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head e.g. it can be due to an accident, a fall, or an assault. Due to the sudden blow/impact, the brain moves back and forth inside the head and the impact with hard skull causes bruising, tearing, and bleeding. A person can start to show symptoms (blurred vision, problems with balance, memory, speaking) right after an accident or hours/days later.

Having a Concussion with a Minor Accident

It is true! You can be diagnosed with a concussion even if there was a minor accident. Suppose that you are driving to your home and someone’s car broadsides your vehicle. You might argue that it isn’t the worst accident, but you won’t believe it when a concussion is diagnosed by the doctor. Well, the force with which your brain moves back and forth inside your head can cause a concussion even if your head hasn’t hit anything.

Symptoms of a Concussion

Normally, the symptoms of a concussion can be subtle and they don’t become noticeable until you return to your normal activities. Although they improve over time, it can take 1 month to completely recover – although the recovery time fluctuates with the intensity of the head injury. Make sure you or your loved one contact the doctor upon noticing these signs and symptoms:

  • Sleep deprivation or change in sleep patterns (finding it hard to sleep or always feeling tired)
  • Headaches (the headaches keep getting worse with time)
  • Memory (finding it hard to remember new information and getting confused easily)
  • Concentration (unable to concentrate on anything for too long)
  • Blurry Vision (finding it difficult to see due to a blurry vision)
  • Dizziness (finding it difficult to keep balance and stand straight)
  • Vomiting and increased sensitivity (nausea, rapid mood changes or getting irritated with light or sound)
  • Body pain (feeling pain in neck and shoulders)

Grades of Concussion

There are three grades of concussion:

  • Grade 1: In this mild grade, a person doesn’t lose consciousness and the symptoms last for less than 15 minutes.
  • Grade 2: In this moderate grade, a person doesn’t lose consciousness but the symptoms last for more than 15 minutes.
  • Grade 3: In this severe grade, a person loses consciousness (even for a few seconds) and the symptoms can remain for days or even 3-4 months.

What Should You Do After a Concussion?

The grade of a concussion dictates what you should do next. If you have a mild or moderate concussion, taking rest and medication can help you fully recover. However, you shouldn’t take grade 1 and 2 concussion lightly and only return to normal activities once you feel fully recovered. Make sure you have yourself checked by a health care provider. If it is a grade 3 concussion, then it is imperative for you to seek medical attention. The doctor will observe your injury and ask for symptoms. The doctor will then test your coordination and reflexes to ensure that your central nervous system is working properly. In order to ensure that there is no bleeding or any other serious brain injury, the doctor may order an MRI or CT scan.

You need to follow all the instructions given by the health care professional. If the doctor deems that hospitalization is not necessary, then your only focus should be on taking rest and nothing else. According to experts, the first 24 to 72 hours are extremely important after a concussion. You should immediately call your doctor if you feel that the symptoms are only worsening over time.

How to Prevent a Concussion?

Understand that having a concussion is not something to be taken lightly and you need to be extra careful after your first concussion. It is because the risks of a second concussion increase 5 times after the first concussion. There is a high possibility of severe brain swelling if there is a second concussion. Here are a few tips for you to reduce a concussion in the future:

  • Always wear a helmet if you’re riding a motorcycle or cycle
  • Always wear a seat belt while driving your vehicle and make sure your children are secured as well
  • It is extremely important to never drive under the influence of drug or alcohol – both can impair your reaction time
  • You should protect your head during sports, so always wear headgear
  • Avoid fights as most concussions are sustained from them
  • Never use your phone while driving and always follow posted speed limits

What To Do Next After Suffering From a Concussion?

If you were driving and you suffered from a concussion because of the negligence of another driver, there is a possibility for you to file a personal injury lawsuit or an insurance claim. If you want to receive compensation for your emotional and financial sufferings, it is important for you to contact CA personal injury lawyer.

You can call Nakase Law Firm at 619-550-1321 to get a free consultation with attorney Brad Nakase, an experienced CA personal injury lawyer since 2005. He takes $0 upfront fee and won’t charge you unless he wins the lawsuit or insurance claim for you. With 98% success rate, Brad Nakase is considered among the best CA personal injury lawyers. He can help get the compensation for:

  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Pain, suffering, and emotional trauma
  • Medical expenses (past and future)
  • Rehabilitation expenses

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