According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) a concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that results in a temporary loss of functioning. In general, mild concussions will not cause a loss of consciousness and most people will recover quickly from a mild concussion. A severe concussion, on the other hand, usually causes a loss of consciousness and more severe symptoms. In addition, a person suffering from a severe concussion may have lingering effects long after the initial injury.
If a concussion is recognized and diagnosed quickly, permanent brain damage may be prevented. Immediate recognition of a concussion is one of the most important ways you can improve your chances of a full recovery. While only a qualified medical professional can officially diagnose a concussion, it is important to recognize the symptoms and signs of a concussion.
Concussion Injury – Signs, Symptoms and Diagnosis
Concussions are one of the most common types of head injuries in the United States. In fact, each year an estimated 1.6 – 3.8 million concussions occur during automobile accidents, sporting accidents and falls. Even though concussions themselves are not usually life threatening, if left untreated, they can cause a lifetime of pain and disabilities.
The main sings and symptoms of a concussion are:
- Perseverating (repeating words or phrases)
- Memory loss or confusion
- Changes in judgment
- Changes in reflexes or balance
- Vision changes
- Loss of Consciousness
Amazingly, the majority of concussions occur without a loss of consciousness. After an accident, victims may not even realize that they sustained a concussion. As a result, many individuals put themselves at even greater risk and continue to engage in overly physical activity. This puts an increased strain on the brain and significantly impacts the body’s ability to recover after a concussion. Because of this, it is extremely important to seek immediate medical attention after you have sustained any trauma to the head—-even if you feel fine.
A concussion can have lifelong physical, cognitive, behavioral and emotional consequences that can affect nearly every aspect of a person’s life. These problems can affect a person’s ability to perform daily activities and even return to work. As a result, financial compensation may be needed to help pay for medical bills, rehabilitation expenses and lost wages. A brain injury attorney can help you decide the legal pathway that is right for you.
Contact Our Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or anyone around you suffered a concussion in an accident or as a result of the negligence of another, you will need an experienced Colorado concussion injury attorney to handle your case.
The attorneys at The Gold Law Firm are highly experienced handling complex brain injuries and concussion injuries cases. Contact us today for a free evaluation of the situation at: (303) 694-4653.