What You Need to Know About Concussions

concussionA concussion occurs when an individual suffers a mild blow to the head, which may or may not result in loss of consciousness. This injury may temporarily alter brain function, though it is possible for no outward symptoms to show in the immediate aftermath of this injury. Some of the most common causes of concussions include car accidents, falls, and sports-related injuries.

Symptoms

Symptoms of concussions vary from person to person, depending on certain factors, such as severity and age. There are some common signs and symptoms one should look out for, however. This includes:

  • Confusion
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Trouble with memory recall
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Double or blurred vision
  • Slowed reaction to stimuli

An individual may not experience any of these symptoms until hours, days, or even months after the injury occurred.

Children, especially those who are very young, are often unable to express their symptoms, so it is particularly important to watch for signs of a concussion, such as listlessness, unsteadiness, and changes in mood, eating habits, and sleeping habits.

Treatment

Before treatment, a doctor will assess the severity of your concussion by asking questions to determine the extent of confusion or memory loss, in addition to possibly ordering tests, such as a CT scan, EEG, or MRI. Treatment will typically include rest and possibly medication to cope with any pain or headaches. Once the symptoms subside, patients may gradually ease back into their normal routines.

While most individuals who suffer from a single concussion usually recover, those who suffer repeated concussions may experience permanent neurological damage.

Dallas Brain Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury, such as a concussion, the skilled legal team at Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP will provide help and support for you and your family during this difficult time. Our Dallas personal injury attorneys have a successful track record and are ready to fight for you to achieve justice and fair compensation.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation at (214) 301-5007.

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