Every year, millions of people in the United States suffer concussions from things like sports injuries, recreational activities, assaults, auto accidents, fall accidents, and more. A concussion can result when a person suffers a mild blow to the head, such as hitting their head in a car accident or during a rough contact sport. While some people may think that a concussion really isn’t anything to worry about because they happen all the time, the truth is that concussions are brain injuries and should be taken seriously.
Here are three important things that you should know about concussions:
- Not all concussions result in a loss of consciousness. While concussion used to be defined in terms of loss of consciousness, doctors now agree that a person can still suffer a concussion without losing consciousness. Concussions that do not result in a loss of consciousness often go undiagnosed. Even without a loss of consciousness, pay attention to symptoms including nausea, headache, fatigue, slurred speech, confusion, and ringing in the ears.
- Brain injuries take time to heal. Concussions don’t heal overnight. Until symptoms have resolved, it is important to avoid both mental and physical exertion. Working, exercising, and even watching TV should be limited while the brain heals.
- Brain injuries should not be taken lightly. A concussion may be classified as a “mild” traumatic brain injury, but the truth is that there’s nothing mild about any injury to the brain. If a concussion doesn’t heal properly, victims could experience serious long-term consequences, including personality changes, vertigo, epilepsy, dementia, or even death.
If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion because of another person’s negligence, please call the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley. Our Northern California brain injury attorneys have decades of collective experience protecting the rights of the injured and have recovered millions of dollars for our clients. We have handled brain injury cases resulting from all types of accidents and know what it takes to maximize our clients’ recoveries. Initial consultations are always provided free of charge and there is no cost to you if we don’t win your case.
Call today to speak with an attorney: (530) 413-0245.