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Protect Yourself and Your Child by Knowing How to Recognize a Concussion

Protect Yourself and Your Child by Knowing How to Recognize a Concussion

By I Published March 15, 2016I Posted in Brain Injury

Concussions are a mild type of traumatic brain injury (TBI). A concussion can be sustained any time an individual suffers trauma to the head that causes the brain to suffer an impact with the interior of the skull, such as a car or bicycle accident. Concussions are a fairly common injury for kids and teens who play contact sports like football.

Although concussions are more mild than other types of TBI, it is important that you receive attention from a doctor if you suffer from one. A doctor’s diagnosis can not only aid you in getting the medical care you need, but in pursuing a personal injury claim to recover compensation for your damages. But you will not seek medical care for a concussion if you do not know you have suffered one, which is why it is critical that you know how to recognize this type of injury.

Concussions are an “Invisible Injury”

Concussions and other types of traumatic brain injury are often referred to as “invisible injuries” because they do not have physical symptoms. Unlike a cut or a burn, a concussion cannot be seen. Many concussion victims mistakenly believe that they are not injured and fail to receive appropriate medical care.

If you or your child suffer any type of impact to the head, it is important that you seek medical attention to confirm whether you or your child have suffered a concussion or not. Beyond confirming that a concussion occurred, there is not much a doctor can do to help you or your child recover. Concussions require rest, both physical and mental, to heal. This means that if you are suffering from a concussion, you may need to take time off from work to allow yourself time to heal.

Symptoms of a Concussion

Be aware of the symptoms of a concussion. They include the following:

  • Headache;
  • Confusion;
  • Vomiting;
  • Disorientation;
  • Nausea;
  • Sensitivity to light;
  • Ringing in the ears;
  • Amnesia;
  • Poor balance; and
  • Excessive sleeping.

Concussions can have behavioral symptoms as well. Sometimes, a victim does not realize he or she is displaying these symptoms, leaving it up to those around him or her to recognize the concussion. These symptoms include:

  • Irritability;
  • Depression; and
  • Difficulty paying attention and processing information.

Work with a Chicago Personal Injury Attorney

If you or your child have suffered a concussion in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, seek legal aid from an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after receiving proper medical care. At The Law Offices of Thomas A. Morrissey, you can find comprehensive, compassionate legal guidance from an attorney who knows Illinois personal injury law in depth. Do not wait to schedule your initial legal consultation with Mr. Morrissey.

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