A concussions or a “closed head injury” happens when there is a minor jolt or blow to the head. These incidents are often described as mild because they are not life threatening and have a relatively short recovery time depending on the intensity of the blow. Do not assume this means they are not serious as sometimes there can be more damage then you may think.
How to Diagnose a Concussion
Sometimes after a mild brain injury the person may lose consciousness but often times they are just dazed. Whiplash can even cause a mild concussion. Some symptoms may appear right away while others may not show up until a week after the incident. Because of the nature of the brain, a concussion may even cause the person not to recognize that there is an issue at all.
Even if it is thought to be mild, if there is a possibility that you have a concussion it is important that you seek medical attention. The doctor may have you stay in the hospital overnight so that they can do further treatment. Sometimes, in rare cases, a blood clot may form on the brain and will cause worsening headaches, weakness and numbness, and vomiting.
If you have any of these symptoms then it is imperative you seek medical advice immediately as there might be more damage to the brain than just the concussion itself.
- Have one pupil that is larger than the other
- Convulsions or seizers
- Slurred speech
- Confusion or agitation
- Cannot be awakened
Those who have suffered from a concussion may be more susceptible to a second concussion, and the more you have, the longer the recovery time may be. Smaller impacts could also cause more severe symptoms than before. Repeated concussions can increase the risk of having dementia, depression, and Parkinson’s disease later in life so it is important that you take necessary precautions to avoid multiple head injuries.
Your Rights After a Concussion
If you or a loved one have suffered from a concussion, it’s important to work with an experienced personal injury attorney to get you the settlement you deserve. If you’re concussion was due to the negligence of another, contact The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal today to learn more about how our team can help!