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What are the short- and long-term effects of concussions?

On Behalf of | Nov 3, 2021 | Car Accidents

After a recent car accident, your doctor diagnosed you with a concussion. You want to hold the negligent party responsible, but how much should you seek in damages?

The University of Utah Health breaks down the short- and long-term effects of a concussion. Get the facts about your recovery so you do not pay for another’s negligence.

Short-term effects

When a concussion first manifests, you may notice symptoms such as disorientation and headaches. Additional symptoms include fatigue, temporary loss of consciousness, blurred vision, confusion, ringing in the ears and vomiting. Depending on the injury’s severity, you could experience memory loss and not recall the auto accident.

Long-term effects

Sometimes, concussion victims notice nothing amiss until days later. Examples of long-term symptoms range from depression, difficulty focusing and memory issues all the way to shifts in personality, noise and light sensitivity and trouble sleeping.

Usually, long-term effects do not linger, often clearing up within a few weeks. That said, a percentage of concussion victims experience the post-concussion syndrome. That means they still display symptoms after six weeks of sustaining a head injury. Because concussions injure your brain, you must receive prompt and consistent medical attention.

It becomes vital to receive immediate medical treatment after a motor vehicle accident. If you experience post-concussion syndrome, your health care bills may spiral out of control quickly. Not knowing about or understanding your medical condition could cost more than you realize.

You cannot risk your physical, mental or financial health after suffering a concussion because of a car accident. With help from medical professionals, you better understand how to navigate your recovery and legal case.


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