Concussions are a form of traumatic brain injury, and because they affect the brain and can develop into far more serious injuries over time, it is a good idea to know and pay attention to their physical signs and symptoms.
For a long time, society normalized concussions as a kind of rite of passage – especially for athletes – but concussions have received more serious scrutiny in recent years for the very serious injuries that they often are. Concussions are a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI), and because they affect the brain, they are as dangerous as they are frighteningly unpredictable. Never ignore the warning signs of a concussion, and if your concussion is the result of someone else’s negligence, don’t wait to consult with a dedicated personal injury attorney.
The Mayo Clinic Weighs In
The Mayo Clinic shares that concussions are usually caused by a blow to the head or by the violent shaking of the head. The number one cause of concussions is falls, such as slip and fall accidents that are precipitated by negligently maintained commercial properties. Concussions affect your brain’s function, which is obviously a serious health concern.
The Signs to Watch out For
The Mayo Clinic also reports on the signs of concussion that you should be on the lookout for, including:
- Memory loss
- Confusion (or a foggy feeling)
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Ringing in the ears
- Blurred vision
- Fatigue and/or drowsiness
- Dizziness (or that classic feeling of seeing stars)
It’s important to note that the signs of a concussion can be slow to present and that a seemingly minor concussion can develop into a more serious health concern over time. If you do take a blow to the head, it is always in your best interest to seek medical attention.
Witnessing a Concussion in Someone Else
If someone you care about has fallen and taken a blow to the head, some of the outward signs of a concussion for you to look out for include:
- Briefly losing consciousness
- Appearing dazed
- Slurring one’s speech
- Providing delayed responses to your direct questions
- Exhibiting signs of forgetfulness, such as asking the same question over and over
When it comes to the early warning signs of a concussion, it is always best to err on the side of caution.
Reach out to an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Today
If someone’s negligence causes you to suffer a concussion, seeking the compensation to which you are entitled is important and the trusted personal injury attorneys at Blackburn & Green have the experience, drive, and legal insight to help you. Concussions are serious health concerns that can lead to significant financial, physical, and emotional damages, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 1-800-444-1112 for more information about how we can help you today.