What is a Concussion?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define a concussion as, “a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.” While most people think that concussions are nothing to worry about, leaving a concussion untreated can pose severe complications. Here’s what you need to know.
What are the Most Common Causes of Concussions?
According to Brainline.org, approximately 2.8 million people were treated for TBIs in 2013. The leading causes of concussions and severe traumatic brain injuries are:
- Struck by an object
- Motor vehicle crashes
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What Are The Symptoms of a Concussion?
Symptoms of a concussion can impact victims in many different ways, including physically, cognitively, and emotionally. It can also disrupt sleep patterns. Here are some signs to look out for:
- Feeling tired
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Problems concentrating
- Trouble thinking clearly (“foggy brain”)
- Issues with short- or long-term memory
- Feeling anxious/nervous
- Easily irritated
- Feeling sad
- Sleeping more or less than usual
- Trouble falling asleep
If you’ve been involved in an accident that caused a blow or jolt to your head, it’s critical to seek medical attention immediately, even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms right away. Sometimes symptoms of a concussion or severe TBI can be delayed and not show up for days or weeks after the incident.
What Happens When a Concussion Goes Untreated?
Chronic headaches, memory issues, and vertigo are some of an untreated concussion's most common long-term problems. In some cases, victims of an untreated concussion may be at risk of post-concussion syndrome. Post-concussion syndrome happens when concussion symptoms last beyond the typical recovery period after the injury occurred. This means that symptoms like headaches, dizziness, and mood swings can last for months or years after a concussion.
When You’ve Suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, We Are Here For You.
When a brain injury occurs due to the negligent actions of another individual, the consequences can be a devastating and life-altering event. Not only can the recovery process for brain injuries be long and painful, but it can also put tremendous financial strains on TBI victims and their families. You have the right to seek compensation and hold negligent parties accountable for the injuries they caused. Our team of traumatic brain injury lawyers is ready to help you seek justice and protect your rights. We’re here to support you every step of the way.
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