A motor vehicle accident has the potential to cause a variety of injuries, with a concussion at the top of the list. If an object, such as the windshield, strikes your head with enough force, a concussion or more serious brain injury is possible.
If you suspect a concussion after a car accident, don't wait to receive a medical diagnosis. Neglecting to do so increases the risk of additional damage.
Your medical team will run a variety of tests to determine if you have a concussion or any other brain injuries. This typically includes:
- Neurological examination
- Cognitive testing
- Imaging tests, such as a CT scan, MRI and X-ray
Also, depending on the extent of your injuries, your doctor may ask you to remain in the hospital for a period of 24 hours. This allows for overnight observation of your injury and symptoms.
If you're diagnosed with a concussion, your medical team will provide a treatment schedule for helping you make a full recovery. This typically includes:
- Avoiding physical and mental exertion for a period of several days or weeks
- Limiting any activities that require mental concentration, such as watching television, playing video games, using a computer or completing schoolwork.
- Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen
As your symptoms improve, your doctor will tell you to resume light activity. You don't want to jump back into your normal life too soon, as doing so can bring your symptoms back to life.
During the recovery stage, you should also take the time to better understand the cause of your accident and injury. Here are some steps to take:
- Collect evidence related to the accident
- Contact your insurance agent to file a claim
- Keep records of all expenses related to the accident and your injuries
By taking these steps early on, you put yourself in position to receive compensation for your injuries and related damages.
A concussion is a serious brain injury that can cause you trouble now and in the future. Don't forget to take steps to protect your legal rights in Montana.
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