Today’s topic written by Aaron Crane, an experienced personal injury attorney in Phoenix at Cantor Crane, is a discussion about concussions. A concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head, a fall or any other occurrence resulting in jarring or shaking of the brain inside the skull. A person can suffer a concussion without any visible injuries to the face or head.
Those who suffer from concussions don’t always lose consciousness as a result. People can recover from minor concussions within a few hours. More serious concussions may take a few weeks to heal fully. A person who has suffered a concussion will require monitoring by a medical professional.
What Causes a Concussion?
The brain is a soft organ surrounded by cerebrospinal fluid that acts as a cushion against shock or brain damage. Generally, the cerebrospinal fluid prevents the brain from striking the skull. However, if the head or the body receives a hard blow, the brain may crash into the side of the skull and become bruised.
Concussions often occur as the result of:
• Playground injuries
• Automobile accidents
• Slips and falls
They can also occur during contact sports such as football and boxing. Hockey, skiing and snowboarding are other common causes of concussions.
Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion
Depending on the severity of the injury, the victim of a concussion may display blatantly obvious symptoms or extremely subtle symptoms. These symptoms can occur immediately or hours and days later. Obvious signs of a concussion include loss of consciousness, vomiting, headache and slurred speech. More subtle symptoms include sensitivity to light and noise, ringing in the ears and changes in taste or smell. Some symptoms may develop over time and include:
• Sleep disturbance
When to Visit ER
The severity of your injury will determine your medical treatment. The Mayo Clinic recommends immediate emergency care if the injured party is experiencing any of the following symptoms:
• Loss of consciousness
• Repeated vomiting
• Severe confusion
• Behavioral changes
If in doubt, always err on the side of caution. If you are unsure whether a person is exhibiting symptoms of a concussion, contact a medical professional immediately.
Concussions are increasingly dangerous if they are experienced multiple times. Having a previous concussion may make you more likely to experience another if you hit your head again. Those who have had multiple concussions over the course of their lives are at an increased risk for long-lasting and potentially permanent impairments as a result of these injuries.
Let Us Help
A concussion can be a life-changing injury and should not be taken lightly. If you think someone else is at fault for your injury, consider contacting an accident injury attorney. An accident injury attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve after you’ve been wrongfully injured. The medical expenses incurred as the result of a concussion should not be taken lightly. If you or someone you know has suffered a concussion, contact Cantor Crane at (602) 254-2701 or visit our website at www.cantorcrane.com. We look forward to working with you.