Questions to Ask Your Doctor After a Concussion

Questions to Ask Your Doctor After a Concussion

Brain injuries, even ones considered “mild,” can be scary and overwhelming. If you have suffered a concussion after an auto accident or other incident, such as a slip and fall, you may be concerned about your recovery. A brain injury differs from other types of injuries, as it can be difficult to know the extent of the injury right away. And while technological advances have made diagnosing brain injuries easier in recent years, there are still a lot of variables that can affect a person’s recovery.

If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion, there are several questions you might want to consider asking your doctor. Here are some examples of questions to ask after a concussion:

  1. What is my treatment protocol? Your doctor will go over this with you even if you don’t ask, but be diligent about getting the full picture. Will you need further testing? When do you need to follow up? What are the specific steps you need to take to optimize your recovery and prevent re-injury?
  2. How long will my recovery be? The doctor will most likely only provide you an estimate of how long your recovery will take, as everyone is different. Your recovery time will also depend on how well you follow your doctor’s treatment plan.
  3. How serious is the concussion, and what factors have led you to that conclusion?
  4. Can I participate in physical activities? If your concussion is considered mild, your doctor will probably recommend light physical activity to begin with, along with plenty of adequate rest, hydration and nutrition.
  5. What activities should I avoid? Your doctor will very likely ask you to refrain from activities that could worsen your injury. For instance, if you were injured playing a sport, you will likely be told to stop participating in that sport until your doctor has released you from care.
  6. Can I drive? As you know, safe driving requires attentiveness and cognitive efficiency, as well as clear vision and effective motor skills. If your brain injury has affected any of these, your doctor will likely ask that you not drive until you have recovered.
  7. Can I go back to work? Again, the answer to this will depend greatly on the extent of your injury. Usually people who have suffered a mild concussion are able to return to work rather quickly, but every situation is different.
  8. Are there any long-term consequences of my concussion I should be aware of?

No matter how mild your brain injury may be, it’s important to take it seriously. You want to recover fully and quickly, so be sure to closely follow your doctor’s treatment protocol. And if your injury was a result of the negligent actions of someone else, consult with a personal injury attorney about your legal options as soon as possible.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured by a defective product and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today at (760) 777-7777 for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, El Centro, and Yucca Valley, and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

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