If you've ever suffered a concussion or know someone who has, then you know that this type of injury is no laughing matter. Even mild concussions can cause disorientation, nausea, dizziness, and memory disruptions. More severe blows to the head can result in even more severe symptoms and can have a lasting effect on a person throughout their life.
Frequent readers of our blog are no strangers to this fact, which is why they know more than most people how important it is to seek compensation for a brain injury that was caused by someone else's negligence. This compensation, as you know, can offset expensive medical bills associated with treatment and help cover additional expenses such as continued rehabilitation.
More often than not, recovery time is taken into consideration when determining how much compensation a person will receive. In most concussion cases, doctors will prescribe one or two days of rest then gradual progression back into normal activities after symptoms start to disappear.
But some doctors believe that more rest is necessary after a concussion, which has led to some doctors insisting on five days of strict rest before returning to normal activities instead of the standard one to two days.
Because of the significant difference in these two techniques, researchers wanted to know the answer to the question that appears in our post title. From their findings, they noted that there was "no significant difference in balance or mental functioning" between patients who had been told to rest for five days versus those who had only rested one or two.
Even though this new study may suggest that a person only needs one to two days of rest in order to recover from a brain injury, our readers know that not all head injuries are exactly the same as the next. This means that while one person may only need a few days of rest before returning to normal activity, this may not be the case for everyone.
More severe injuries may require more medical attention and yes, even more rest. This is something to keep in mind, especially when seeking compensation, because this could affect the amount of compensation you receive.
Source: U.S. News Health, "Extra Bed Rest May Not Be Best for Kids With Concussions," Steven Reinberg, Jan. 5, 2015