In the past, there was little known about brain injuries. Someone would be knocked out for a few minutes playing sports and no one would think much of it.
However, today, ongoing research and studies have shown losing consciousness can indicate a serious brain injury. In fact, if this happens, it means your brain has been physically injured in some way. This occurs with both open and closed head injuries. For example, if you slip and fall and hit your head, your brain can hit the side of your skull and you may lose consciousness.
The true impact of brain injuries
No two brain injuries are the same. Because of this, there’s no way to say whether a brain injury is extremely serious or not that serious.
The actual seriousness of your brain injury depends on several factors. For example, have you ever injured your brain in a similar way before? How hard did you hit your head? Are there any other factors that could make the injury more serious?
Steps to take after a potential brain injury
If you have lost consciousness because of an accident, it’s important to go to the doctor and have the injury evaluated. They can use different tests to determine how serious the damage is and what type of treatment is needed.
It’s important to note that even mild brain injuries, like a concussion, can require several days or weeks of healing time. Your doctor can provide more information about this injury and the best way to avoid making it worse.
Consider your legal options
If your brain injury was caused by someone else’s fault or negligence, you have rights. It’s a good idea to have the injury and cause documented to protect your ability to recover compensation for the brain injury you suffered.