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If you lose consciousness, should you go to the hospital?

On Behalf of | May 20, 2022 | Car Accidents

If you suffer a blow to the head in a car accident, a fall at work, or some other sort of catastrophic event, you may lose consciousness. It’s clear that you need to go to the hospital if this loss of consciousness is for an extended period of time, as you’ve suffered a brain injury.

But many people assume that just blacking out for a second isn’t nearly as serious. They might just try to shake it off or assume they don’t actually need medical help. They may claim that they’re fine or that they don’t feel injured. If this happens to you, should you still go to the hospital?

Take all brain injuries seriously

It’s very important to take every brain injury seriously, even if it seems minor to you. It’s just very difficult to know how severe it actually is without talking to medical professionals. For example, some people believe that they haven’t been severely injured but there is actually minor bleeding on the brain that is going to make this injury far worse over time. In some cases, ignoring issues like this could even make it become fatal.

As a general rule, any time that you lose consciousness, you want to consider a trip to the emergency room. Even if you feel fine afterward, you can’t be one hundred percent sure exactly why it happened or how serious it’s going to become, so you at least want to be checked out by medical professionals first.

One reason that people skip this step is simply that they’re worried about the expense. If somebody else was negligent and caused your injury, however, then you may be able to seek financial compensation from that individual.