Are Concussions the Gateway to Further Injury?
It wasn’t that long ago that the standard advice for a head injury was some version of “shake it off.” Athletes and others who complained about headaches after a collision were viewed as “not tough enough,” and there was no awareness of the long-term health risks posed by a concussion. However, with the high-profile head injury cases in the NFL, professional wrestling, and other sports making national headlines, our society is finally coming to terms with the often debilitating nature of severe head injuries.
What’s a Concussion?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a concussion is defined as a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can be caused by a blow to the head, a fall, or an impact to the body that causes the head to jerk back and forth. While they are “mild” in that they are not usually life-threatening, their associated symptoms can be quite serious.
The leading causes of concussions are falls, motor vehicle collisions, being struck in the head by an object, assaults, and sports-related injuries. Basically, any activity or event that leads to an impact to the head, even a minor impact, could cause a concussion, though the victim himself may not be aware that anything is wrong.
Symptoms of a Concussion
If a loved one has recently suffered a blow to the head, it is important that you carefully monitor the person for signs of a concussion, which can include all or some of the following:
- A headache that is getting worse or lingering
- A feeling of weakness or numbness
- Decreased coordination
- Vomiting or nausea
- Slurred speech
- Excessive drowsiness
- One pupil that is larger than the other
- Convulsions or seizures
- Amnesia or unexplained lack of recognition
- Confusion or agitation
- A loss of consciousness (even for a short period)
Anyone suffering from the above symptoms after a head injury should get medical help immediately.
Cumulative Brain Damage
With greater attention on head injuries nowadays, we’ve learned not only to take them seriously, but that suffering multiple concussions can lead to cumulative effects. That is why it’s important, if you have recently had a concussion, that you get plenty of rest and allow your brain to completely heal. Only when the symptoms have fully subsided should you gradually begin returning to your normal activities.
The chronic problems that can result from repeated concussions or an inadequately healed concussion include the inability to concentrate, memory loss, mood swings, depression, a lack of balance, and the loss of motor skills.
Unfortunately, many people do not realize they have a concussion until long after the fact, if ever. For example, victims of a car accident may think they are fine, but the symptoms of a concussion don’t manifest until days or weeks later. This can make it extremely difficult to document the injury and be properly compensated after an accident.
Attorneys Who Know TBIs
At Naizby Law, our Connecticut brain injury attorneys understand concussions. We have over 20 years of experience fighting to ensure our clients have the money and medical resources they need for the best recovery possible. Contact us at (203) 245-8500 to schedule a free consultation.
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