Despite the strong, sturdy, and protective nature of our skull, injuries to the brain are still very real threats that could happen to anyone. Among the different damages that your brain can sustain, a concussion is one of the most common forms of injuries that can cause significant changes in your ability to perform routine, daily tasks. Compared to a contusion, a concussion presents much more serious symptoms and can even be life-threatening, especially if left without the appropriate medical care and attention.
What is a Concussion?
When you sustain strong, traumatic force to your head, it’s likely that your brain is displaced inside your cranium. As it sloshes back and forth in the cerebrospinal fluid that it floats in, it is likely to collide with the walls of the cranium surrounding it. The result is widespread trauma, much like a bruise, that encompasses a large portion of the brain. There are lots of different occurrences that could cause concussions – from car accidents, to sports injuries, and even physical assault – and all of these require timely medical assistance in order to limit the chances of exacerbating the situation.
How to Determine if a Concussion Has Occurred
There are times that you will simply hit your head and develop a superficial bump, and then there are instances when the trauma involves much deeper structures, including the brain. By understanding the ways a concussion will present itself, you give yourself a better chance of determining whether or not you should rush the involved individual to the nearest medical facility.
If you or a loved one sustains trauma to the head and experiences a combination of these symptoms, they are likely to have acquired a concussion:
- Unusual changes in emotional response, concentration, and/or memory
- Altered state of consciousness
- Disabling dizziness or headaches
- Inability or difficult to formulate intelligible speech
- Confusion and/or sleepiness
- Difficulty or inability understanding spoken words or instructions from others
While all of these might be easy to pinpoint once they occur, it can take hours or even days before they appear, so it’s important that you seek the help of a medical professional as soon as the incident occurs so you can undergo definitive tests that will determine whether or not further medical treatment is necessary.
What to Do When a Concussion Occurs
If you’re in the vicinity when a concussion occurs, it’s ideal that you check the status of the person involved as soon as the trauma happens. Usually, alterations in consciousness are readily observable, but in case they seem awake and responsive, it would be wise to ask them a few simple questions such as what is their name and what is the date. Mistakes to any of these questions could indicate a potential concussion. Secondly, it’s important that the person involved in the accident is kept awake and conscious, and discouraged from falling asleep as this could cause rapid, dangerous changes to their health status. Finally, calling for urgent medical response will help ensure that the person is given the appropriate treatment and management to start recovery and stop the development of the injury.
Getting Compensation for Concussion Injuries
Because it can take days or even weeks before a concussion’s symptoms develop, proving the cause when filing a claim can be tricky. This is because medical insurance companies and third party individuals who caused the injury will often argue that they cannot be held responsible for the injury as the symptoms can’t be readily attributable to the occurrence. What’s important in this situation is to come prepared with the necessary facts to help you win your claim. While it might be helpful to collect the essential information on your own, it would be wise to have a professional personal injury lawyer on your side to help you win the battle.
At Avrek Law Firm, we offer top notch legal services guaranteed to prove your claim and get you the compensation you deserve for your concussion injuries. Our lawyers specialize in personal injury cases and take pride in their ability to bring justice to even the toughest, most complicated cases.
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