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When you suspect a concussion

A wide variety of things can occur when a person is involved in a physical accident (such as a car accident or a slip-and-fall accident). One is that a person may end up striking their head against an object or surface.

The effects of a blow to the head can vary substantially. Sometimes, a blow only results in a minor bump to the head that has no negative effects on a person. Other times though, such blows can result in individuals suffering a brain injury, such as a concussion.

Thus, after a person has experienced an impact to the head, it can be incredibly important for them to be mindful of how they are feeling and to be watchful for any signs that something might be wrong.

If a person suspects that a head blow they suffered may have resulted in a concussion, the top question that they have likely is: what should I do now?

When a concussion is suspected, one of the most important things to do is to promptly contact a medical professional. The professional may recommend paying a visit to a clinic or a hospital.

During such a visit, there are many different tests a person may end up having performed on them. Some examples are neurocognitive tests and brain scans. Sometimes, the process of being examined and tested goes rather quickly, while other times it might require an overnight hospital visit. While a person may feel nervous about being tested and examined, it is important for them to keep in mind that having a health care professional look into whether a concussion has been suffered can help them figure out where they are sitting health-wise, whether there is any treatment they need and whether there are any precautions they should be taking to prevent further harm. These are all very important things to know.

Following a visit to a hospital or clinic, an individual should carefully follow any instructions doctors gave to them.

If it turns out that the blow to the head did cause a concussion or some other injury, another thing a person may want to do is talk with a personal injury attorney about the accident in which the injury occurred. If negligent actions by some other party caused the accident, compensation to help with medical and other expenses may be able to be sought through legal action.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "What Should I do If a Concussion Occurs?," Accessed Sept. 18, 2014 

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