Concussions are a common but serious type of injury that often goes unnoticed initially, especially following accidents where more visible injuries overshadow them. If you suspect you have suffered a concussion after an accident, it is crucial to take the right steps not only to ensure your health and safety but also to preserve any legal claims you might have.

Here are four important steps to follow if you find yourself in this situation. Contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.

Seek Medical Attention Immediately

The first and most critical step after sustaining a potential concussion is to seek medical attention. Concussions can occur even without a loss of consciousness and might not present immediate symptoms. After any significant impact to the head—whether from a car accident, a fall, or any other type of incident—it is essential to get evaluated by a healthcare professional.

If the accident is severe, wait for emergency services to arrive to avoid exacerbating any potential injuries. In less severe cases, you should still visit a healthcare provider as soon as possible to get a proper diagnosis and start the necessary treatment.

Rest and Recovery

Following a concussion, rest is paramount. This does not only mean physical rest but cognitive rest as well. Engaging in activities that strain your brain, such as playing video games, watching TV, or even prolonged reading, can exacerbate your symptoms. Give yourself a quiet, stress-free environment to recover, minimizing activities that could lead to further head trauma or stress. Most mild concussions will see symptoms resolve within 7 to 10 days, but every individual is different, and some may require more time.

Monitor Your Symptoms

After experiencing a concussion, closely monitor your symptoms over the days and weeks that follow. Typical symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light or noise. While these should gradually improve, any worsening of symptoms or the emergence of new symptoms such as coordination problems, memory issues, or changes in mood and behavior should prompt an immediate return to your doctor. These could be signs of a more serious brain injury.

If your concussion was the result of an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you might have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Common scenarios include car accidents, slips and falls, and sports injuries, where another party’s careless actions led to your injury. Consulting with a personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights and the potential for compensation. An experienced lawyer will be able to assess the merits of your case, handle negotiations with insurance companies, and represent you in court if necessary.

If you believe your concussion is due to the negligence of another party, do not hesitate to seek legal advice. At Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, our experienced team can help guide you through the complexities of your case and work towards securing the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact us at 909-982-0707 for a free consultation to explore your options and ensure your rights are fully protected.