I Have a Concussion. What Should I Do Now?

The most common type of head injury following a car accident is a concussion.  A concussion is classified as a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), and this type of head injury can happen even if you do not strike your head forcefully or lose consciousness. The sudden jarring or whiplash effect of an accident is enough to cause a concussion due to the sudden back and forth movement of the head and brain. What should you do if you have been in a car accident and suspect you have sustained a concussion, or if you have an ICBC claim and have been diagnosed with a mTBI?

First thing to know: Concussions can be difficult to detect

It is not uncommon to suffer a concussion and not realize it. The symptoms of mTBI can be subtle and difficult to detect. If you have been involved in a car accident but are unsure of whether you sustained a concussion, take a look at the list of initial signs and symptoms put together by Parachute Canada and most importantly — see a medical professional immediately if you suspect a concussion. It is also important to note that post-concussion symptoms may not appear until some time after the car accident and can include headaches, dizziness, memory loss, sleep disturbances and mood issues. If you have any concerns or symptoms – even if some time has passed since the car accident – see a doctor right away. A doctor can conduct neurological testing and may send you for a CT scan or MRI scan to detect whether a brain injury has occurred.

What to do after you have been diagnosed with a concussion

After you have had a medical assessment and been diagnosed with a concussion, here are the basics of what you should do next:

  1. Follow your doctor’s advice . Immediately following a head injury, concussion management typically includes physical rest (in other words, no exercise or sports, no heavy lifting, and no activities requiring exertion) and cognitive rest (including limiting activities requiring focus, concentration or multitasking, such as school, work, computer use, and driving).
  2. Get treatment for your symptoms. After the physical and cognitive rest in the early days following the injury, care for a concussion can involve a variety of treatments and a team of health professionals, depending on the symptoms and how your condition is improving. For example, headaches and nausea are common post-concussion symptoms and may need to be managed with medication.
  3. Return to activity and work only if you have been medically cleared to do so. Gradually resume activities and work only once cleared to do so and under the supervision of a medical professional. If you experience wage loss due to missing work as a result of concussion symptoms, need funding for rehabilitation costs, or require assistance with housekeeping, talk to one of our head injury lawyers about a Part 7 benefit claim against ICBC.

Concussion as a result of a car accident? Talk to a top personal injury lawyer

Most people who sustain a concussion are back to normal in a week or two or within a few months. But others can have long-term problems either from the concussion or from injury to surrounding soft tissues. If you have an ICBC claim and believe you suffered a concussion, contact us. We have considerable experience handling injury claims involving concussions and all types of traumatic brain injuries, from mild to severe. A top brain injury lawyer  acts as an advocate for their client, securing the best treatment and compensation necessary to expedite recovery. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Simpson Thomas & Associates will assist you in getting the help you need and develop your claim against ICBC to get the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has sustained an injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident, call (604) 239-2943 to request a free consultation

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