If you were injured in a serious car accident with another vehicle or a truck, a concussion is a very real possibility.
With a concussion, you can develop a variety of cognitive problems that are typically associated with a traumatic brain injury. One of the smartest things that you can do following a concussion is to keep a log of your symptoms (or ask a close relative to keep the log for you). That way, you can give your doctors the most complete information possible about your condition -- which can aid in both diagnosis and treatment.
What are the symptoms of a concussion?
Here are some of the most common signs that you had a concussion following a car accident:
- You lost consciousness, even for a moment.
- You developed nausea or vomiting.
- You have confusion or amnesia about the event.
- There's been a disruption in your sleeping patterns (either sleeping too much or insomnia).
- Your mood is noticeably altered.
- You've developed unexplained headaches.
- You've had seizures or seizure-like events.
Most people don't realize that a concussion actually is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). There's a tendency to think that a concussion is just a mild event that will heal on its own -- but that doesn't always happen.
What symptoms do you need to track?
Some of the most important things to track following your concussion include:
- Headaches and neck pain
- Episodes of nausea and vomiting
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Balance problems or dizziness
- Blurred vision
- Irritability, irrational behavior, moodiness, anxiety
- Problems remembering places, names, favorite foods and common activities
- Confusion or feeling like your head is "in a fog"
It can take a while to get into a neurologist for your condition -- so taking a chart in with these symptoms can make it much easier for the doctor to assess the severity of your condition.
In addition, that chart may become important evidence if you're forced to pursue a lawsuit against the other driver that caused your accident. Recovery from a concussion can be a lifelong process and insurance companies aren't exactly eager to pay those kinds of claims.