You were in a minor fender bender, and although the damage was minimal, you think you can remember hitting your head against the window in the impact. Now, a few days after the accident, you just feel like something is off. Could I have a concussion, you wonder? The symptoms and severity of concussions can vary for Illinois residents, but it is worth educating yourself on this potentially serious type of head injury.

You can get a concussion in just about any instance in which you hit your head. You might suffer a mild concussion from standing up at your work desk and bonking your head on an overhead cabinet. You could get a concussion from playing sports, slipping and falling on a wet surface and, of course, from an auto accident.

The Mayo Clinic cautions that even mild concussions can come with a lengthy recovery time, especially if you do not seek medical treatment. It may be a good idea to schedule an appointment with your doctor if you have the following symptoms:

  • A persistent or intermittent headache, either generalized or around the spot where you struck your head
  • Confusion or “brain fog”
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness or memory problems
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sleep disturbances and mood changes

If you experienced a loss of consciousness, if your headache is severe or has lasted longer than a few days or if any of your symptoms do not improve or worsen, it is important to see your doctor. Recovery from a concussion can take a few weeks to several months. Your doctor will be able to assess the severity of your injury and advise you on the steps to help you recover effectively.

If another’s negligence led to your head injury, you may be eligible for the compensation of your medical expenses.