When we suffer a fall, our heads are at risk of hitting the ground. When that happens, sometimes our brains can end up bouncing or twisting inside our skulls, which can result in a mild traumatic brain injury, a/k/a a concussion. Medical experts report that concussions are a particularly common injury in daily life. Between 5% and 10% of children have incurred concussions. The risk of concussions goes up greatly with age. Approximately 12% of young adults between 12- and 17-years old experience concussions. The risk increases from there. Given this statistics, it’s common for people to ask several questions when they develop a concussion.
Below, we’ll answer five common questions regarding “mild” traumatic brain injuries / concussion.
Question # 1 – What are the Symptoms of a Concussion?
When a person has a concussion, initial symptoms can include headaches, nausea, and vomiting. Some people have dizziness, blurred vision, and light or noise sensitivity. Some other common symptoms of concussions include confusion, lapses in memory, inability to focus or concentrate, behavioral changes, forgetfulness, and moodiness.
Question # 2 – What are the Signs a Concussion is Serious?
Every single concussion—every one—is serious, because every concussion is a brain injury. There are varying degrees of concussions, and some serious symptoms of concussions include progressively worsening headaches, slurred speech, and drowsiness. Two additional factors to evaluate when a person incurs a head injury are the force of the blow and if the person is acting differently after the injury.
Question # 3 – Is it possible to have a concussion even if a person hasn’t hit their head?
Any strike to a person’s body or head can lead to a concussion. While a person can end up experiencing a concussion after hitting their head on the window in a car crash, others can experience a concussion even when they have not hit their head. This occurs when a person’s head is being forced in different directions, and the brain inside is likewise being forced in different directions while coming into contact with the skull. In addition to car accidents, many people have concussions after they have fallen.
If you live alone and strike your head, you should promptly let someone else know about your injury so they can continue to check in on you and help you obtain medical treatment. Always call 911 to get medical assistance as soon as possible when needed.
Question # 4 – Do People See Stars When They Get a Concussion?
Seeing stars is a common sign and can be cause for great concern. If the back part of a person’s brain, the occipital cortex, is harmed, that individual’s vision can end up negatively impacted. People can notice spots or see everything in one single color. Some people are fully awake and then lose their full range of vision in several seconds.
Question # 5 – What is Second-Impact Syndrome?
Second-impact syndrome is not a common occurrence, but it can be deadly. The condition occurs when a person experiences a traumatic brain injury while healing from an earlier concussion. The primary method of addressing concussions in modern medicine is based on preventing catastrophic concussions. A person with a second-impact concussion can end up dying from the condition.
Contact an Experienced Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of accident and have developed a concussion or traumatic brain injury or other injury, you must have several questions in mind. One of the best steps that you can take in such a situation is to obtain the assistance of a skilled accident attorney. Contact House Law LLC today to schedule a free case evaluation.
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