4 Steps to Take After a Concussion

Brain ScanSuffering a concussion can be both painful and difficult to diagnose medically. You may think you simply bumped your head and there's nothing to worry about, but the problem could be serious if you don't take the proper steps or receive medical care. There is a significant amount of misinformation and myths out there about post-concussion care, which can lead to improper care. We aim to clear up these misconceptions here with advice on what to do if you or someone you care about may have suffered a concussion.

A concussion can occur when you have a strong jolt or blow to the head which interrupts brain function. In short, a concussion is a brain injury and should be taken seriously. This can happen in a number of ways, such as sport injuries, falls, or car accidents. It can be difficult to know whether you have a concussion and waiting to see can be dangerous. Sustaining a concussion which is not treated can lead to potentially life-threatening symptoms, which is why it is important to seek medical attention if you are having serious symptoms like vomiting, severe headache, loss of consciousness, or amnesia.

If you believe you have a concussion, you should take the following steps:

  • Check for the symptoms listed above. Anything which seems unusual or severe might be an indication of a concussion.
  • Do not take any anti-inflammatory or aspirin medicines, as they can increase the risk of bleeding.
  • Seek medical help to test and diagnose the severity of the injury. This may include an MRI, CT, or neurological examination.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions on resting or staying awake and be careful not to jolt or injure your head further.

If you believe your concussion was caused by another party's negligence, such as in a car accident, a NYC personal injury lawyer from our firm can help. Contact Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP today at 646.461.4009 for a free consultation.

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