Concussions are not a minor injury. In fact, you could suffer from a concussion and not be aware of it – or the dangers of allowing your concussion to go untreated. While you can encounter a concussion in almost any situation where your head is struck by an object, they are common in car accidents and slip and fall injuries. When the normal function of the brain is disrupted, it could lead to serious consequences – therefore, it is important to understand the symptoms and dangers of a concussion, so that you can receive proper treatment.
What is a Concussion?
Concussions are a form of a traumatic brain injury. They are caused by a bump, jolt, or blow to the head – which can be caused by another person, fixed object, or even a moving object. The sudden movement to the brain can force the brain to bounce around inside the skull – which then stretches and damages the brain. This can lead to long-term changes or even short-term chemical changes that can impair your ability to think, function, or even survive.
Some symptoms of a concussion can include:
- Being unable to recall events
- Being dazed or stunned
- Forgetting simple instructions
- Moving clumsily
- Feeling dizzy
- Losing consciousness (even briefly)
- Behavior or personality changes immediately or shortly after the accident
- Headache or feeling of pressure
- Nausea or vomiting
- Light or noise disturbances
- Not feeling “right”
- Feeling sluggish
Why Concussions are Serious
Concussions may be considered a “mild” brain injury in most cases, but they do have serious consequences when they are not treated properly. When a concussion is serious, there are danger signs that you need to look out for – and seek immediate medical treatment for. These signs include:
- One pupil larger than another
- Drowsiness or an inability to wake the injured person
- Headaches that get worse
- Slurred speech, weakness of the body, decreased coordination skills
- Loss of consciousness for a prolonged period
- Unusual behavior – acting confused, mood swings, etc.
- Repeated vomiting and nausea
- A child who will not stop crying and cannot be calmed
- A child who will not nurse or eat
Concussions can turn into severe brain injuries in some cases. Anyone suffering from a severe brain injury should be hospitalized immediately for treatment. Without proper treatment, your concussion could lead to permanent damage including:
- Inability to think or remember
- Speech or hearing issues
- Vision loss
- Permanent emotion issues
- Coordination issues
- Learning disorders
Did You Suffer from a Serious Brain Injury in an Accident?
If you have suffered from a brain injury – concussion or other form of traumatic injury – due to someone’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. You should not have to pay your excessive medical bills, handle lost wages, or deal with the financial toll that a brain injury can take on you and your loved ones. To help recover, contact the team of attorneys at The Slocum Firm, PC. We understand what you are going through, and are here to help you recover financially and emotionally. Let our attorneys seek compensation for your losses, as well as future costs. Schedule a consultation today at 888-367-4577, or fill out our online contact form with your legal questions.