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How to recognize the symptoms of a concussion

Concussions have been big news in recent years as doctors are gaining new insights into their causes and the dangers they present. Many people, however, do not know how to identify a concussion. This problem may be compounded when symptoms do not present immediately after the accident.

Being able to recognize when you or a loved one has a concussion is a critical step in getting necessary medical care. With any type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), seeking medical treatment as soon as possible is extremely important. The sooner doctors diagnose and begin treating a TBI, the better a patient's chances of recovery.

What are the signs of a concussion?

Older children and adults may exhibit concussion symptoms such as headaches, memory loss, dizziness, confusion, nausea and blurred vision. In addition, they may experience mood disorders and changes to their personality. Even a mild concussion can cause these types of symptoms.

Recognizing the signs of a concussion in toddlers and infants is typically more difficult because they cannot express their feelings. Parents need to know what to look for. According to the Mayo Clinic, parents should carefully watch young children for the following symptoms after a fall or other accident:

  • Excessive crying
  • Changes to their sleep patterns or eating habits
  • Lethargy
  • More irritable than usual
  • Tiring easily
  • Balance problems
  • Lack of interest in favorite activities or toys

Children and adults who exhibit concussion symptoms should receive medical care immediately.

Remember that a person can suffer a concussion even if they do not lose consciousness in an accident. They can also get a concussion if they do not hit their head. All it takes is a forceful blow to the body to cause the brain to hit the skull, resulting in a concussion.

Seeking compensation

Did a negligent party cause the concussion? If so, you may be able to file a personal injury suit against that party. You can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, and pain and suffering. Talk to a lawyer to learn whether this is possible in your case.

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