Striking your head, such as in a motor vehicle accident, requires immediate medical attention. Even if you're not experiencing symptoms right away, you could have a concussion that begins to cause you problems in the hours and days to come.
Upon arriving at the hospital, your doctor will conduct a neurological exam to check the following:
Your doctor will also run a variety of cognitive tests to evaluate your concentration, memory and ability to recall information.
While these tests give your doctor a better idea of what's going on, imaging may be required for a clearer picture into your injury. These tests include:
- CT scan
Once your doctor has access to the results of these tests, they can provide an accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment schedule.
Depending on the severity of your injury, you may stay in the hospital overnight for medical observation.
If your doctor sends you home, you'll want to stay with someone who can check on you throughout the night, to ensure that you wake properly and your symptoms don't worsen.
Concussion treatment is relatively standard across the board, and typically entails the following:
- Plenty of rest to give your brain time to recover
- Avoiding physical and mental exertion
- Shortened workdays or school days
- Pain relievers
It's imperative to follow the treatment plan outlined by your doctor, as making a mistake during your recovery can worsen your symptoms and make it more difficult to regain your former level of health.
Follow-up with these questions
Once you understand your treatment plan and begin down the path to a full recovery, here are some questions to ask your doctor:
- What is the risk of my symptoms coming back?
- What is the risk of suffering another concussion?
- How long until it's safe for me to resume my normal daily activities?
- Can a concussion result in other medical problems?
- Do I need to visit with a specialist?
Answers to these questions will help you better understand your situation and what to do next.
If another person's negligence caused your brain injury, don't hesitate to file a claim with your insurance company and learn more about your legal rights in Colorado. It's within your rights to seek compensation for your injuries and any other damages you've suffered.