Can you prove concussion?

After suffering from an accident or injury that wasn’t your fault you may be wanting to proceed with raising a claim for compensation.

With many injuries, for example a broken leg, the injury is in plain sight for all to see, but what happens with cases where the injury is concealed inside and therefore not as easy to prove?

With all the evidence that can be obtained such as witness statements and photographs, along with copies of your medical records it is possible to prove that you have a legitimate concussion.

Suffering from a concussion can have long lasting effects but those symptoms are not always easy for other people to see. So how can you prove that your concussion is real? 

What is a concussion? 

Inside our skull our brain sits surrounded by fluid. A sudden blow to the head can result in the brain shifting suddenly and moving. This causes chemical and cellular changes within the brain resulting in a concussion. Common causes for a concussion are, road traffic accidents, falls from height, trips and slips and playing contact sport. 

Concussions are graded into three groups. Mild, moderate and severe. Treatment and recovery time will depend on how severe your injury is. 

So how can you prove you are suffering from a concussion? 

Your legal team will build your case for you and will require many things including witness statements from yourself and any other witnesses that were present at the time of the accident. They will also obtain any photographs or CCTV recordings that were taken. All of this can be used as evidence. Along with this they will also require copies of your medical records. When trying to prove a concussion this is the most important part. 

Even when the concussion is deemed to be mild it is always advised to seek medical attention. The brain is a wonderful organ but is also very complex. It is widely thought that concussion symptoms always appear immediately after the incident but this isn’t always the case. In fact symptoms can appear hours or even days later. 

Common symptoms of concussion 

  • Headaches
  • Nausea & vomiting 
  • Dizziness and poor balance
  • Vision disturbances
  • Noise and light sensitivity 
  • Fatigue
  • Poor concentration
  • Irritability
  • Poor memory
  • Insomnia

There are several different tests that Doctors can perform to be able to diagnose a concussion and the severity of it. 

Neurological Tests

After taking a detailed questionnaire regarding the accidents and your symptoms they will perform neurological tests, these will check your – 

  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Strength 
  • Sensations
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Reflexes

Cognitive Tests 

In many cases of concussion your cognitive skills may be impared. Your doctor will test your – 

  • Memory
  • Concentration
  • Ability to recall information. 

Imaging Tests 

Imaging tests are vital when the patient seems to be getting worse or are showing signs of a severe concussion.

They may be experiencing repeated vomiting episodes, headaches, seizures and may be losing consciousness. These tests can give the doctor a lot more information and allow them to check for bleeding and swelling within the brain. 

  • CT Scan – A CT scan will show any bleeding, bruised brain tissue and other damage. A series of x rays are used to obtain cross sectional images of the brain. 
  • MRI – An MRI gives a more detailed image than a CT scan using magnets and radio waves. 
  • EEG – An EEG records brain activity by using small sensors which are placed on the scalp. These then pick up electrical signals that are produced when brain cells send messages to each other. 

So as you can see with all the evidence that can be obtained such as witness statements and photographs, along with copies of your medical records it is possible to prove that you have a legitimate concussion.

Due to the wide range of testing and also symptoms that you would experience it would be extremely hard to ‘fake’ a concussion and for a Doctor not to pick up on it. 

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