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What are the primary symptoms of a concussion?

If you have reason to believe you've suffered a concussion, regardless of the cause, you shouldn't wait to seek medical attention. Your doctor can conduct an examination, while also ordering a variety of tests to get a closer look at your brain.

The most common signs and symptoms of a concussion include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe headache
  • Feeling of pressure in the head
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Memory problems
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Slurred speech

If you're involved in an accident, such as a slip and fall, keep a close eye out for these symptoms.

Also, remember that concussion symptoms don't always present right away. When delayed, these additional symptoms often come to light:

  • Sensitivity to noise and light
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Memory loss
  • Depression
  • Smell and taste disorders

What type of treatment is best?

You should never attempt to treat a concussion on your own, as you could have a more serious injury such as a fractured skull or bleeding on the brain.

Your medical team can provide you with a detailed treatment plan based on the severity of your injury and overall level of health. This typically includes pain medication, plenty of rest, and avoiding physical and mental exertion.

If you've suffered a concussion or any other type of brain injury, let your doctor guide your recovery. When possible, learn more about the cause of the accident, your legal rights and the steps you can take to obtain compensation for your injuries. It's important that you hold the negligent party responsible, as you've suffered a serious injury that will impact many facets of your life.

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