Concussions are a common type of traumatic brain injury that are often considered mild. However, this so-called mild injury has the potential to be quite severe and can alter the way one’s brain works, leaving survivors with symptoms that change the way they live life forever. If you sustain a concussion, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible to help prevent the possibility of permanent damage or a prolonged and difficult recovery.
Here is what you need to know about concussions and how they can affect one’s quality of life:
- Symptoms of concussions are not always immediately present: People often think that injuries are accompanied by symptoms as soon as they happen, but this is not the case for concussions. They might take several minutes, but they could also surface after days, weeks, or even months in some cases. Common symptoms include headaches, blurred vision, cognitive difficulties, irritability, and changes in sleeping patterns or extreme fatigue.
- Concussions are caused by different types of trauma: Most people know that a blow or bump to the head, or any other incident that causes a direct impact to the head can cause a concussion, but this is not the only type of trauma that can cause this injury. Whiplash, for example, does not involve a direct hit to the head, but the sudden back and forth motion causes the brain to jostle within the skull, which can also result in a concussion. As such, whether or not one has sustained a concussion is not always obvious. This is why medical assistance is necessary. Standard neurological imaging, such as CT scans and MRIs are commonly used after a concussion and can detect some of the serious effects caused by a concussion.
- What to do if you suspect you sustained a concussion: If you suspect you sustained a concussion or believe someone else did, a medical evaluation should be sought as soon as possible. Until this is completed, it should be assumed that the individual sustained a concussion and, as a result, he or she should not be allowed to engage in athletic play, prohibited from driving or operating large machinery, and removed from any other situations that might jeopardize that person’s health and safety or the safety of others.
- Concussions in sports: These days, concussions in sports are garnering a lot of attention. If an athlete sustains a concussion or is suspected of having had a concussion, he or she should not be allowed to return to play. Additionally, he or she should be evaluated immediately and monitored for the next 24 to 48 hours for symptoms. It is critical to be cautious, particularly for athletes who are often most at risk for repetitive head injuries. Those who sustain a second injury before recovering from the first risk a longer recovery time and further brain damage.
If you sustained a concussion that was caused by another party’s negligence, seeking medical attention immediately will not only protect your health, but help build a case for you to pursue fair and just compensation.
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Concussions are serious injuries that should never be ignored. At Pratt Clay, LLC, our Atlanta team of catastrophic injury attorneys are here to fight for your right to compensation if your concussion was caused by someone else’s negligent actions. You should not have to bear the burden of paying for another’s mistakes. Reach out to us today for the help you deserve. We will handle all the details of your case and stand by your side until justice is served.