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Head injury symptoms: What to expect after a concussion

It was after dark when your crash took place. You were driving in your lane, and saw traffic backing up ahead of your vehicle. You slowed down, but the semitruck behind you didn't.

When the truck hit you, you were immediately thrown forward. You hit your head on the window before your airbag deployed and were rushed to a trauma center for a severe head injury, including a cracked skull.

What should you expect as you recover from an acute concussion?

Immediately after a serious concussion like yours, you may be given anti-inflammatory medications or have surgery to relieve the pressure on the brain. Once that's complete, your body can begin to heal.

During the healing process, it's normal to develop a headache, which may be chronic or short-lasting. Depending on the area of the brain that was injured, you may have several other symptoms including:

  • altered sight
  • changes in hearing
  • headaches
  • migraines
  • seizures
  • changes in behavior or mood
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • trouble with speech

These are only a few potential symptoms of your injury.

How long does it take to recover from a brain injury?

Every brain injury is different, so it's impossible to say how long it will take someone to recover. However, the first few weeks after an injury can be a template for how quickly functionality will return, and to what degree. For example, if you quickly regain your speech and the headaches begin to subside, there's a good chance for a significant, if not full, recovery. On the other hand, someone who sees no real changes in the first several months after an injury isn't likely to recover much of their pre-accident functions, if any.

Brain injuries usually require ongoing medical treatment, which is why filing a claim against a negligent driver is important. Getting the right medical care can help you recover.

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