Jill Kolodner | August 4, 2022 | Brain Injuries
Any damage to the brain is a serious medical injury that requires treatment and care. Most people do not understand that concussions are a form of traumatic brain injury.
The clinical term for a concussion is a “mild traumatic brain injury.” Even though they are the most minor of this type of injury, concussions can have significant consequences for victims.
In many cases, concussions do not result in immediate signs and symptoms. Many victims are unaware that they have sustained a brain injury following an accident.
If you or someone you love has sustained a concussion because of the negligent actions of another party, you may be able to recover financial compensation. You can pursue the money you need through a civil legal claim to get back on your feet.
What Are Some Typical Causes of Concussions?
Like any type of traumatic brain injury, concussions usually occur because of a violent jolt or impact on the victim’s head or body. A significant impact can cause the person’s brain to move, shake, or momentarily deform in the skull.
This can cause harm to the soft tissue of the brain. Concussions can happen in many different situations and contexts.
Some of the most common circumstances in which concussions happen include:
- Physical activity, such as football, soccer, cycling, hockey, or skateboarding
- Domestic abuse, assault, or other violent crimes
- Slip and fall accidents or trip and fall accidents
- Car accidents, bicycle accidents, or pedestrian accidents
When you have been involved in an accident, it is critical to seek medical care if you have sustained a blow to the head. In some cases, an impact on the body or a violent movement can also result in a concussion.
For instance, motor vehicle accidents often cause whiplash injuries. “Whiplash” happens when the victim’s body and neck move in opposing directions forcefully during the accident.
Even if you did not strike your head on an object, you might have sustained a concussion during your accident. No matter the nature of the accident, it is critical to seek medical care as soon as possible.
If your accident resulted from another person’s negligence or carelessness, you might be entitled to significant financial compensation. Consult a traumatic brain injury lawyer to explore your legal options.
Typical Delayed Symptoms of Concussions
Many symptoms of a concussion do not necessarily appear in the first few hours after the injury has occurred. In some cases, concussions are not visible on medical scans or tests.
However, you should seek an exam by a trained medical professional if there is a possibility of traumatic brain injury.
Some of the most common delayed symptoms from a mild traumatic brain injury include:
- Difficulty thinking and brain fog
- Memory problems
- Inability to concentrate
- Persistent and severe headaches
- Fuzzy or blurred vision
- Increased sensitivity to light and noise
- Lack of energy and fatigue
- Inability to balance and dizziness
- Irritability, sadness, and depression
- Increases in emotion and unexpected mood swings
- Inability to sleep or sleeping more than usual
- Difficult waking
- Vomiting and nausea
Every concussion is unique, and victims may experience one or more of these symptoms at different times. Symptoms may also come and go as time passes.
Initial symptoms are sometimes so mild that the victim does not notice them. Some victims experience a condition called post-concussion syndrome.
Post-concussion syndrome patients often suffer from symptoms for a year or more. The personal and financial losses from a concussion following an accident can be significant.
With the help of a skilled personal injury attorney, victims can pursue financial compensation to cover the costs of a concussion. Reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible following an accident resulting in a mild traumatic brain injury.