When someone hits his or her head in an accident, it might leave visible marks such as a bruise or cut. But there can also be unseen injuries, a concussion, for example. It’s important to understand how symptoms may vary depending on severity and when it’s a good idea to see a doctor.
Signs of a Mild Concussion
Most concussions are mild. Some patients will experience symptoms immediately or it could take a few hours or even days before they manifest.
Some of the signs that could indicate someone has suffered a mild concussion include:
- memory loss; and
- loss of consciousness.
Signs of a Major Concussion
With a more severe concussion some of the same signs can manifest but they will be more significant:
- headache - is persistent, won’t go away with over the counter medications;
- vomiting – frequent rather than intermittent, hard to hold food down;
- confusion – won’t go away, family members become concerned; and/o
- unconsciousness - prolonged.
The following are some additional signs that could indicate a concussion is major:
- muscle weakness;
- sleep disturbances;
- dilated pupils; and
- difficulty walking.
When it’s Time to See a Doctor
It’s always a good idea to see a doctor if you struck your head in an accident, even if the injury appears minor. But there could also be specific signs that an accident victim needs immediate medical attention, such as symptoms that get worse or don’t go away. If there are substantial changes physically, emotionally, cognitively or behaviorally, victims should also seek medical help.
Concussions are one of the most common types of head injuries to sustain in a truck accident. Although many people assume this isn’t a serious injury, that isn’t always the case. So it’s important to understand the extent and severity of damage so that appropriate medical treatment can be received.
Jason R. Schultz helps accident victims who wish to pursue legal action against a negligent trucker or trucking company to recover compensation for medical bills and other damages. Contact us for a free consultation: (404) 474-0804.