Experiencing a mild concussion in a motorcycle crash is incredibly common. Even when you wear a helmet, the incredible force of impact can jar your head considerably. Although the term “mild” concussion may make you believe you have escaped your motorcycle accident unscathed, it’s actually a very complex injury and recovery can be difficult.
Traumatic brain injury should always be taken seriously, even in more minor cases. Brain injuries require time to heal, and any head injury can result in troublesome, even upsetting symptoms.
Signs of a Mild Concussion After a Motorcycle Accident
- Dizziness and difficulty maintaining your balance
- Headaches and sensitivity to light
- Weakness and a lack of energy
- Nausea and vomiting
- Trouble focusing on new information
- Difficulty recalling information
- Sleeping less than or more than usual
- Becoming irritable, anxious, or more emotional than usual
As you can tell from this diverse list of symptoms, a person with a mild concussion can suffer quite significantly from their injury. Some of the symptoms like dizziness and nausea might fade within the first minutes following the crash, but others will linger. Brain injuries, no matter how minor, require time to heal. And, as we are learning more and more from football players, repeated concussions can cause permanent damage to the brain.
If you have any degree of symptoms of a brain injury after a motorcycle crash, no matter how fleeting, you should see a neurologist for further assessment. Any concussion is a serious injury and should be treated as such. Even if your symptoms resolve within a few seconds, it’s important to get checked out.
Recovery from a mild concussion after a motorcycle accident is complex. Some people recover in a few days, while others may need a few weeks or even more to recover completely. During this time, symptoms are likely to continue.
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What is the Difference Between a Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury?
Every year, there are over three million emergency room visits for traumatic brain injuries in the United States alone. Most of these visits are for concussions. Concussions are actually mild traumatic brain injuries. All concussions are traumatic brain injuries, but some traumatic brain injuries are more extensive and severe than concussions.
Tips for Recovery from a Mild Concussion
- Allow yourself to rest during the day and sleep plenty at night.
- Avoid loud music and visual stimuli. You may prefer to avoid television during this time.
- Eat regular, healthy meals.
- Avoid any strenuous activity, both physical and mental.
- Avoid alcohol and any medication not approved by your doctor.
- Do not return to work until permitted by your doctor.
- Consider returning to work on a part-time basis to give yourself time to adjust.
- Avoid driving or riding your motorcycle.
- If you feel fatigue from any activity, stop immediately and rest.
It’s important to remember to see a doctor after any motorcycle crash, as injuries can sometimes be masked by the initial adrenaline rush that you experience at impact. Also, contact an experienced motorcycle crash lawyer at Kass & Moses. As a result of your mild concussion, you will likely have medical bills, time away from work, and pain and suffering. We can help you recover fair and just compensation for your injuries. Contact us today at 1-800-MOTORCYCLE for a free, no obligation consultation.