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What to do if you suspect a concussion

You can suffer a variety of injuries in a motor vehicle accident, with a concussion among one of the most common.

Any type of brain injury requires immediate medical attention, as this improves the likelihood of making a fast and full recovery.

Here's what you should do if you suspect a concussion:

  • Play it safe: Even if you're not experiencing symptoms of a concussion, you should still seek medical treatment. Your doctor can run several tests, such as an MRI and CT scan, to determine the extent of your injury (if you have one).
  • Watch for symptoms: There are many symptoms typically associated with a concussion, such as loss of consciousness, nausea, vomiting, seizures, confusion and loss of memory. Should you experience one or more of these, among others, it's a must to receive medical care.
  • Follow your recovery plan: If you ignore the recovery plan laid out by your doctor, it can result in lingering symptoms and an overall worsening of your condition. It's critical to avoid activities that trigger symptoms, get plenty of sleep and give your brain time to rest.

The biggest mistake you can make is assuming you can treat your concussion at home. Not only does this put your health at risk, but you never know if you could be suffering from a more serious brain injury.

After you're diagnosed and on your way to recovering, file an insurance claim. Provide your agent with basic information regarding the accident and your injuries, but don't share too much early on. You don't want to say anything that stops you from receiving compensation for your injuries and other damages.

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