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Concussions and their lingering effects

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After a serious accident, you may not be able to see the initial signs of a concussion. In fact, in most cases the symptoms may not present themselves until several days after the accident. However, it does not mean that this serious condition is not there. If you were involved in a serious accident, such as a motor vehicle accident or a slip and fall accident, it is important to make sure you did not suffer a concussion, even if you did not hit your head.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a concussion as a type of traumatic brain injury (or TBI) caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Such a sudden movement can cause the brain to violently move around or twist in the skull. This may in turn stretch and damage the brain cells and create a chemical change or imbalance in the brain.

Medical providers often describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury. The reasoning for this description is that although concussions are generally not life threatening, the effect can still be serious.

Concussions are often described as the “silent injury” for the very reason that it has symptoms that are generally invisible immediately after an accident and may take several days or even weeks to surface. As such, most accident victims may not experience the typical symptoms of a concussion injury until days or weeks after the accident, when the condition has gotten significantly worse.

Concussions can be difficult to diagnose without the help of an experienced medical provider who knows exactly what to look for and what tests to order. If you notice any of the following symptoms after an accident, it is important to seek immediate medical attention:

Vomiting or the constant feeling of nausea
Frequent headaches and dizziness
Eyesight trouble or double vision
Any degree of loss of memory
Being in a daze or confused
Ringing in the ears

Concussions were not always given the same serious attention as other brain and close head injuries. However, with more research and knowledge, the true impact of a concussion injury is now more clearly understood. While concussions are often the result of a sports injury, victims of other accidents may also suffer such a serious medical condition.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident that was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of a third party and have suffered a concussion or any other serious injury as a result, call our offices.  For over 40 years, we have been working to ensure that our clients get the medical care, justice and compensation they deserve.