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The impact of a concussion can linger for a long time

A blow to the head has the potential to cause a variety of injuries, with a concussion among the most common. For example, if you hit your head off the windshield in a motor vehicle accident, it's critical to receive immediate medical attention, as your doctor can run the tests necessary to determine the extent of your injuries.

The immediate impact of a concussion can include symptoms such as:

  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Headache
  • Feeling of increasing pressure in the head
  • Confusing or disorientation
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears

While some or all of these symptoms can set in immediately after an accident, this doesn't always happen. It's possible to experience delayed symptoms, such as several hours after hitting your head. That's why it's important to seek care even if you're feeling relatively okay.

It's your hope that you'll make a full recovery after a concussion, but this doesn't always happen. It's possible that you'll experience long-term effects that impact you for many weeks, months or even years.

Here are some of the more common long-term symptoms:

  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Personality changes and mood swings
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Taste disorders
  • Smell disorders
  • Difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep

Long-term side effects of concussion are not common, but it's a concern nonetheless. For example, it's believed that roughly 20 percent of people suffer from post-concussion syndrome. This is the result of symptoms that don't subside after a period of six weeks.

If you come to find that your concussion symptoms aren't going away, don't hesitate to schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor. They can run additional tests to ensure that you're not dealing with another type of injury or ailment. And if they find that you have post-concussion syndrome, they'll provide a treatment plan to hopefully help you make a full recovery.

As you deal with the impact of a concussion on your life, turn some of your efforts toward the accident that caused the injury in the first place. This will help you better understand the cause, your legal rights and whether you can take action against the negligent party.

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