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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