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Treating a concussion after a car crash

On Behalf of | Sep 25, 2023 | Car Accidents

A concussion is one of many severe injuries that you might incur after a car accident while traveling in Hawaii. Although the effects of a concussion may linger for many weeks or months, there are steps that you can take to obtain a full medical recovery in a timely manner.

Follow doctor’s orders

Your doctor may ask you to refrain from certain activities such as driving, working out or going to school. You may also be told to stay away from areas that feature loud noises or bright lights as these can exacerbate your symptoms. A doctor might also suggest that you take medication on a regular basis to help your brain heal.

Get plenty of sleep

You will also need to get plenty of rest if you hope to overcome a traumatic brain injury as quickly as possible. Ideally, you will sleep for at least seven consecutive hours per night. However, if your injury makes it difficult to do so, sleeping whenever you can is still beneficial for your health. Ideally, you will sleep in a room that is dark, quiet and cool for best results.

Keep track of mental health issues

There is a chance that a concussion could result in changes in mood and personality. It may be necessary to see a therapist to help manage these changes, and your doctor may recommend medication or other tools to help you adapt to any problems that you’re experiencing. Documenting mental health issues after a motor vehicle accident may also be helpful when negotiating a personal injury settlement or during a personal injury trial. This is because you may be entitled to compensation for mental anguish in your case.

If you are hurt in a car accident, it may be difficult or impossible to work or finish your education. Police reports, witness statements and other evidence may show that your injuries were caused by the defendant’s negligent behavior. Hawaii law gives you two years from the date of an accident to file a personal injury lawsuit.