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Worrying about a concussion after a minor accident

On Behalf of | Jul 19, 2023 | Auto Accident Injuries, Personal Injury

Getting into an accident is stressful. Sometimes, involved drivers suffer injuries even in minor traffic accidents that cause little to no property damage. These incidents usually cause mild injuries that require minimal medical care, such as concussions.

They typically happen when a blow or force causes the brain to move inside the skull. It causes mild problems, such as chemical or physical changes in the brain, leading to many symptoms. These mild concussions are usually harmless. However, they could be disruptive, affecting the patient physically and emotionally.

Concussions typically cause one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Sensitivity to noise or light
  • Balancing issues
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Inability to focus or concentrate
  • Grogginess
  • Memory problems
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Mood swings and nervousness
  • Inability to fall asleep or stay awake

These concussion signs could last for around two weeks until they subside entirely. However, doctors might misdiagnose concussions because their symptoms resemble other medical conditions. Sometimes, patients fail to recognize a concussion because of recurring health problems with the same side effects. Still, some warning signs could stand out and require urgent medical attention.

Warnings that mean danger

Concussions patients typically go under observation in case specific warning signs arise. These symptoms could mean the patient developed a blood clot in the brain, requiring emergency care:

  • Persistent headache that intensifies over time
  • Vomiting repeatedly
  • Numbness
  • Coordination issues
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Uneven pupils in eyes
  • Inability to recognize
  • Confusion and restlessness

If a patient shows these danger signs, they should receive medical attention immediately.

Seeking medical care after a minor crash

Drivers might refuse to go to a hospital after a minor accident because they feel fine. However, doing so could leave underlying injuries undetected, potentially causing worse health issues. Receiving medical attention right after a crash could help address injuries and alleviate troubling symptoms with proper treatments.