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Should I be worried about a mild concussion after an accident?

On Behalf of | Jun 6, 2023 | Brain Injuries, Car Accidents

Concussions are common injuries in accidents, especially motor vehicle collisions. Sometimes, a passenger or driver could experience a mild concussion in a minor car crash. It might not be a severe injury, but it could still have evident effects on someone’s mental, emotional and physical health.

Mild concussions typically happen when force or impact shakes the brain, causing it to move within the skull. They often cause no severe problems, but their symptoms could take a few weeks to improve. Also, potential issues could vary per patient, depending on the circumstances. Usually, mild concussions could cause a wide range of symptoms, including the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Balancing problems and dizziness
  • Headaches and nausea
  • Vomiting right after the incident
  • Blurred vision
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Mind fog and grogginess
  • Memory issues
  • Unusual anxiety or nervousness
  • Easily irritated
  • Inability to fall asleep or stay awake

Fortunately, these symptoms tend to alleviate within two weeks of the collision. However, some signs might indicate worse injuries, necessitating urgent medical care.

What signs could mean danger?

Most of the time, concussions are mild and improve over time. However, other warning signs might require urgent medical care. Call emergency services immediately if the patient experiences the following symptoms:

  • Constant headaches that do not improve
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Frequent vomiting
  • Unusual speech problems and behavior issues
  • Restlessness or agitation
  • Confusion and unusual drowsiness

These could be signs of a blood clot in the brain, which could worsen if left untreated.

Going to the hospital as a precaution

It is advisable to receive medical attention regardless of how minor the accident was. Doing so could help get ahead of any injuries. The patient could also receive medication to alleviate any problems linked to the concussion, allowing them to recover without too much trouble.