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A concussion in a car accident requires immediate attention

A car accident can cause a variety of injuries, most of which require immediate medical attention. A concussion, for example, is one of the most common, as you could strike your head even in a low-speed collision.

If you have any reason to suspect a concussion, even if you only have minor symptoms, it's important to receive a professional diagnosis.

In addition to a neurological exam and cognitive testing, your medical team may order a variety of imaging tests for a better idea of what's happening. Brain imaging can provide a clear picture regarding the severity of the injury, such as if there is any swelling or bleeding.

Depending on the severity of your concussion and symptoms you're experiencing, your doctor may want to keep you overnight for observation. If your doctor sends you home, it's imperative that someone stays close by to check on you for a minimum of 24 hours. Your doctor may even suggest that your caregiver wake you up every so often to ensure that you're okay.

What's the best treatment?

Rest is the best treatment for a concussion, as it gives your brain time to recover. Not only should you avoid physical activity, but you want to take a mental break as well. This typically means avoiding any activity that could worsen your symptoms, such as watching television, using a computer or playing video games.

If you're suffering any pain or discomfort, such as a headache, you can take a pain reliever such as Tylenol.

As your symptoms lessen, stay in touch with your doctor to ensure that you continue on the right path to making a full recovery. You don't want to jump back into your daily life too soon, as it increases the likelihood of your symptoms returning.

If you suffer a concussion or some other type of injury in a car accident, don't wait to seek medical attention. Also, you'll want to file an insurance claim as soon as time allows.

As you learn more about the cause of the crash, you may come to find that there are steps you can take to seek compensation from the negligent driver. For more information and guidance, don't hesitate to read through the many pages of our website devoted to this topic.

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