Concussions Could Lead to Worse Brain Injuries
Although concussions are considered a mild form of traumatic brain injuries (TBI), there is nothing mild about the concern they pose. These injuries are most often caused by blows to the head, falls, or other impacts to the body that cause jerking of the head. Although these are not typically life-threatening, the symptoms can be serious for the sufferer. The most common causes of concussions include falls, auto accidents, assaults, sports, and being struck by an object, usually in the head. Even when the impact to the head is minor, a concussion could happen. In many cases, the victim is unaware an injury has occurred.
Signs and Symptoms
When someone has had an impact to the head, they could have a concussion no matter how mild the blow appeared to be. However, there are signs and symptoms to look out for that could give you a better idea of how the person is being affected. Anyone that shows the following symptoms after a head injury should seek medical attention immediately:
- Feeling frail or dazed
- Lingering or worsening headache
- Speech that is slurred
- Experiencing confusion
- Becoming agitated
- Losing consciousness, even for a short period of time
- Pupil sizes not matching
- Excessively drowsy
- Inability to coordinate movements
- Nausea, queasiness
- Convulsions, seizures
- Lack of recognition
Multiple concussions can lead to cumulative effects, making getting the right amount of rest and healing for the brain incredibly important. It is a good rule of thumb not to participate in normal activities until the symptoms of a concussion have fully subsided. Even at that time, it makes good sense to slowly get back in the swing of things. While it can make a person impatient to have to gradually adjust back to normal life, it can stave off some of the severe consequences of multiple concussions.
These problems that can accrue include memory loss, severe mood swings, loss or impediment of motor skills, depression, an inability to fully concentrate, and imbalance. Unfortunately, many are unaware they have fallen victim to a concussion as symptoms don’t appear until days or even weeks after the impact. This makes it important to get proper rest every time you have such an impact, even if no signs or symptoms appear.
If you have suffered a head injury due to the negligence of another, contact us today. Our experienced team understands how to pursue TBI claims successfully.