Things You Will Need
A healthcare provider
Step 1Visit the hospital. This should be first on everyone's list who has a risk of brain injury or Concussion. The skull may seem undamaged, but the brain can bruise and swell inside due to the head trauma of concussion. Often the patient may feel fine in the beginning, and symptoms will only become prevalent later. This is why, whether the fall seems serious or not, immediate examination by a licensed profession is vital to tell if you have a Concussion after a fall.
Step 2Check for confusion, or severe headaches, as these are two of the most common symptoms following a Concussion. Ask the person what they can remember from the accident or what details they can remember. If you are on your own, attempt to recreate the details of what happened in your head. After the accident has passed and the person has returned home, wake them from sleep every few hours, and check to see if they appear confused, and what they can remember, or if they exhibit symptoms of a Concussion.
Step 3Monitor the Concussion victim carefully for a few days, if choosing not to go to the hospital, and get medical attention immediately if you notice certain symptoms of concussion. Is there any loss of coordination? Is there any loss of motor movements, can they move their limbs uninhibited or does the person's personality seem suddenly changed? Do some research on head injury cases, and try to match up the classic symptoms with the way the person is acting, to tell if you have a Concussion.
Step 4Avoid activities that may cause further injury over the next few days, even if the person is determined to be fine. This includes bike riding, car driving, heights, sports, and any job situation in which physical activity is a concern. Further trauma or concussion to the brain could prove fatal. To tell if you have a concussion after a fall or a serious head injury, never hesitate in seeing your doctor. If the victim is exhibiting classic signs of a concussion, escort them to the hospital immediately after the fall.
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