Concussion Awareness: Know the Warning Signs and Risks
Sudden jolts and bumps or blows to the head are among the most common types of personal injuries. They can occur due to a variety of different accidents and may result in a concussion, which is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Symptoms of concussion often appear relatively minor at first, which can cause victims not to get the medical care they need. Unfortunately, even a minor case can have serious consequences on your health, both now and in the years to come. It is important to be aware of the warning signs of concussions and how these injuries commonly occur.
Raising Awareness About the Dangers of Concussions
A concussion occurs when any type of sudden shaking or violent blow to the head causes the brain to move back and forth within the skull, potentially causing damage to brain cells and soft tissues. While it is one of the most common and potentially serious types of personal injuries, it is also the one most often overlooked.
To increase public knowledge of the potential dangers, concussion awareness weeks are held throughout the year. Recognize To Recover, a program of the U.S. Soccer Team, sponsors events during the second week of October. These call attention to the specific dangers players face from concussions, symptoms they need to be alert for, and lasting impacts they can suffer as a result.
Sport-related accidents and injuries are one of the most common causes of concussions and athletes of all ages need to be aware of the risks. Other common ways concussions can happen include:
- Car accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Bicycle accidents;
- Pedestrian accidents;
- On the job accidents;
- Slip, trip, and fall accidents;
- Accidents in which victims are struck by or against objects in public places.
Know the Warning Signs
Any time a head injury is suspected, it is important to get medical attention immediately. Even a seemingly minor bump or blow to the head can result in a concussion. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that warning signs include:
- Severe headaches;
- Dizziness and difficulty maintaining balance;
- Momentary loss of consciousness or fainting;
- Difficulty remembering details about the accident;
- Nausea and vomiting;
- Problems communicating or understanding what is being said.
Without immediate medical care, concussions have the potential to be life threatening. They can also result in long term impairments, impacting the victims thought processes, mood, and physical functioning for years into the future. In addition to these risks, it is important to be aware that once a concussion happens, the chances increase that any future head injuries will result in permanent disabilities.
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
Accidents resulting in concussions often happen due to the reckless and negligent actions of others. When these impact you or a loved one, the Johnston Law Firm P.C. helps you get the compensation you are entitled to in a claim. Call (503) 546-3167 or contact our Portland personal injury attorneys online to request a consultation today
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