Short and Long Term Effects of Concussions
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If you have struck your head as the result of a fall, work-related accident, sports injury or car crash, it is important that you seek out medical attention - right away. The many signs and symptoms of concussions can be subtle. You may have sustained a concussion and not realized it. If you fail to see a doctor right away, seemingly harmless symptoms may last for weeks or even months. Your injury could even worsen and cause irreversible brain damage.
Immediate Effects of Concussions
It is a common misconception that only those who have lost consciousness have sustained a concussion. Severe concussions do typically result in a loss of consciousness for at least a minute, but you don't have to be knocked out to have sustained significant trauma to your brain.
The most common and immediate symptoms of concussive traumatic brain injury include confusion, headache and amnesia. Amnesia is when a brain injury victim cannot recall details from just before or after the accident. Signs and symptoms of concussions include, but are not limited to:
- The feeling of pressure in the head
- Short or lengthy loss of consciousness
- Confusion regarding what happened
- Amnesia surrounding the accident
- Vomiting or nausea
- Slurred speech
- Ringing in the ears
Delayed Effects of Concussions
As the minutes, hours and days pass after the accident, you may begin to develop delayed symptoms. If you are experiencing issues with your concentration or memory, it could mean that you sustained a concussion. Some victims of concussions undergo slight changes in their personality such as an increase in irritability or aggressiveness. Head injury victims can also become sensitive to light and noise. Some have trouble sleeping and even experience disorders of taste and smell.
For victims of severe trauma, the symptoms of their concussion may never fully go away. It is rare for someone to experience long-term consequences from a single, mild concussion, but traumatic concussions and multiple head injuries can result in life-altering disabilities. This issue has received a lot of press recently due to retired football players who are suffering from depression and changes in their personality from years of being hit in the head. Many have chronic headaches, dementia and substance abuse issues. Not everyone who experiences multiple concussions will have long-term consequences, but permanent disabilities and lifelong mental issues are a tragic reality for some victims of brain trauma.
Concussions and Children
Children have brains that are still developing. So how they experience and react to concussions can be very different from adults. Furthermore, babies and toddlers cannot always communicate how they feel, so it can prove difficult to know if they have been hurt. Symptoms of child head trauma may include crankiness, listlessness, changes in eating behavior, loss of balance and a lack of interest in their favorite toys.
Take your child to the hospital right away if he or she suffered head trauma and then vomited, experienced changes in behavior, seems confused, has breathing issues, appears dizzy, has a blood or fluid discharge or has large bumps or bruises. It is best to err on the side of caution and seek help.
When to See a Doctor
If you lost consciousness for about a minute or more, vomited repeatedly, suffered a seizure, or experienced obvious difficulty with mental or physical functions, you must see a doctor. Failing to receive treatment can result in additional symptoms and your headache may get worse. Furthermore, additional trauma can prove even more dangerous. That is why it is common to see doctors at sporting events checking on the health of players. Athletes exhibiting signs of a concussion are often not allowed to return to play because of the long-term symptoms that may result from being hit again.
Getting the Help You Need
Going to the hospital can be expensive. Furthermore, you will likely have to miss work, pay for pain medication and return to the hospital for follow-up treatments. Even if you have adequate health insurance, the bills can add up quickly. That is why it may be in your best interest to learn about your legal rights and options. There may be financial compensation available for your considerable suffering.
The knowledgeable brain injury lawyers at Bisnar | Chase have helped victims of catastrophic injuries secure fair compensation for their losses. We understand that our injured clients not only lost their ability to work or do the things they loved to do, but they also lost a piece of themselves. If you would like you discuss your options or would like more information, please contact us at (800) 561-4887 for a free consultation.