If You Have Suffered From a Concussion
If You Have Suffered From a Concussion as the Result of Another Party’s Negligence
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a traumatic injury that affects brain function. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Effects of a concussion are usually temporary but can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance, and coordination. A blow to the head usually causes concussions, but a violent shaking of the head and upper body also can cause injury to the brain.” If you believe you have suffered from a concussion, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Leading Causes of Concussions
- Motor Vehicle Collisions
- Sports Injuries
What Are the Symptoms of a Concussion?
Symptoms of a concussion can impact victims in many different ways. Symptoms vary widely depending on the injury severity, and reactions can be cognitive, physical, or emotional.
Physical signs and symptoms of a concussion may include:
- Ringing in the ears
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Blurry vision
- Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Temporary loss of consciousness
- Slurred speech
- Delayed response to questions
- Dazed appearance
If You Are Injured, Seek Immediate Medical Attention
If you think you may have a concussion, it is imperative to seek immediate medical attention. When properly treated, most concussions are not life-threatening. While mild cases can heal within several days, the symptoms of severe concussions can be felt for months or even years. Severe cases can lead to permanent loss of specific cognitive functions, personality changes, ongoing challenges in movement.
Concussion symptoms usually appear within minutes of the head injury, but symptoms of a head injury can often be delayed and may not occur until days or weeks following the incident. Even if you do not immediately experience symptoms, you should still be examined by a physician as soon as possible. It is always in your best interests to seek treatment immediately following the incident if you have received a blow to the head.
Most people who have suffered from a mild concussion can recover safely at home following a thorough evaluation by a physician, but those with more severe damage may require ongoing care to assist with their recovery.
How is a Concussion Diagnosed?
Your physician will perform a neurological examination to check your:
- Neurological function and reflexes
- Neck muscles
- Cognitive ability
- Memory and concentration
Imaging by a CT scan or MRI should be ordered if the healthcare professionals suspect bleeding inside the skull, brain swelling, spinal cord, or cervical spine injury.
What Happens When a Concussion Goes Untreated?
When a concussion remains untreated, it can result in ongoing headaches, memory issues, and vertigo. In addition, in some instances, victims of an untreated concussion may be at risk of post-concussion symptoms, which means the effects of the injury often last well beyond the typical recovery period. Symptoms like headaches, dizziness, and mood swings may last for months or years following the injury.
Complications of an Untreated Brain Injury
- Post-traumatic headaches
- Post-traumatic vertigo
- Persistent post-concussive symptoms
- Cognitive difficulties that persist for more than three weeks
Although most people fully recover following a concussion, how quickly they heal depends on many factors. According to the CDC, “Recovery time depends on the severity of the injury to the brain, the victim’s age, the overall condition of the victim’s health before the injury, and how well the victim takes care of themselves after the concussion.”
Getting enough rest after a concussion is essential because getting enough sleep and quiet time will help your brain heal. Only after your symptoms have subsided, and with the okay from your physician, should you carefully resume your daily activities.
If You Have Suffered a Concussion, Call Burg Simpson for Help Now
When a concussion or a traumatic brain injury has occurred due to the negligent actions of another party, the consequences can be life-changing. The recovery process for brain injuries is often arduous, and the time it takes to recover can create financial problems for the victim and their family. If you have suffered an injury due to the negligent actions of another party, you have the right to hold that party accountable for their actions and to seek financial compensation for your injuries. Burg Simpson’s award-winning team of personal injury and traumatic brain injury lawyers is ready to protect you and your legal rights. We will help you to seek justice and the compensation you deserve.
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