You took a tumble on an unmarked wet floor at a Missouri grocery store recently and whacked the back of your head pretty hard. You thought you were relatively okay, but lately, you have felt…off. Maybe you are not as okay as you thought.

To help determine if you may have a concussion, look to WebMD. See if there is any overlap in your symptoms.

Common concussion symptoms

Some of the most common indications that a person likely has a concussion include loss of memory, problems focusing, slurred speech, trouble with balance and nausea. You may also experience a shift in your personality or behaviors or develop a sensitivity to noise and light.

Different types of concussions

There are different grades of concussion: mild, moderate and severe. Symptom severity serves as the determining factor for each. For instance, with a mild, or grade 1, concussion, your symptoms last for no more than 15 minutes, and you retain consciousness. For moderate, or grade 2, concussions, symptoms stretch on for longer than 15 minutes. A person has a severe, grade 3, concussion if she or he loses consciousness.

Next steps

If you even suspect that you may have a concussion, or any other type of brain injury, it is best to seek out immediate medical attention. The faster you act, the better chance you have of successfully treating your injury. Because concussions are such a common occurrence, modern medicine has advanced so that anyone who develops a concussion can make a full recovery as long as she or he receives proper treatment…and sticks to the recommended treatment plan.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.