A concussion has no single, accepted definition. In general, a concussion is a blow to the head that causes mild trauma to the brain. People typically sustain concussions as the result of a car accident or sports accident. Infants often sustain concussions from being shaken, also known as “shaken baby syndrome.” Recovering from a concussion may be a quick process or may take several weeks. How quickly a person recovers depends upon their current state of health, the severity of the injury and how the symptoms are handled.
Do You Need Medical Attention?
It is always the best option to seek rapid medical attention when you believe you may have sustained a concussion. There are a small group of people who may develop a blood clot or other type of bleeding on the brain that can be fatal if not treated promptly.
Diagnosing a concussion can be complicated. There is no good or accurate test to determine the extent of a brain injury. Doctors often rely solely on a description of the accident and the current symptoms to determine the extent of a brain injury. In general, symptoms of a concussion include:
- Brief loss of consciousness
- Loss of memory
- Feeling confused
- Nausea or vomiting
Treating a Concussion
There are few options for treating a concussion outside of rest. The brain needs time to heal, and resting the brain is the best way to assist that in happening. Immediately after a concussion, the brain should be used as little as possible. This means no email, no reading, no music, no television and no smart phone. Of course, that also means avoiding contact sports or any other activity that may jar the brain. The mind should do only the things needed for the body to function properly.
Most people who sustain a concussion are back to normal within a week or two. Those who take longer to heal are typically fine in just a few months. While healing times vary, seeking treatment as soon as possible can shorten healing time in most cases.
If you believe that you have sustained a concussion due to an accident that was not your fault, you may be able to seek compensation for your medical bills. Call our team of experienced personal injury attorneys in San Luis Obispo today. We are here to help you as you heal and move on with your life.