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Brain Injuries: What You Need To Know About Concussions

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concussionsConcussions are a type of brain injury, which is caused by a jolt or blow to the head, disrupting the brain’s normal functions. Not all concussions are the same, however, so their impact and symptoms are as vast and varied as individuals are unique. Some concussions might yield symptoms right away, while others may take days or weeks to produce symptoms.

However, there are some common symptoms and signs of this injury that you should be aware of, the severity of which depends on the individual, how the concussion was caused, and several other factors:

  • Recurring or persistent headaches
  • Trouble with memory
  • Difficulty focusing or making decisions
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Mood changes
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to lights
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in ears

Many are able to make a full recovery from a concussion, but this is not guaranteed, which is why every person should take this injury seriously and see a doctor for proper diagnosis. Even a seemingly minor injury could result in life-altering damage.

How Long Does it Take to Recover From a Concussion?

Just as the symptoms of a concussion vary from person to person, so do recovery periods. The average time tends to be between 3 to 4 weeks for less complicated cases. For more complicated cases, recovery could take months, though some might not fully recover permanent damage was inflicted.

No one should attempt to push through the symptoms of a concussion to return to a normal routine. Doing so could prolong your recovery time and may even cause irreversible damage.

Often, the best form of treatment for a concussion is both physical and cognitive rest until the majority of symptoms subside, after which an individual can gradually return to a normal routine. The recovery process should always be monitored by a concussion specialist in case a care plan needs to be modified to accommodate any unforeseen issues that might arise.

The Relationship Between Concussions and Long-Term Brain Damage

Although scientists do not fully understand the connection, there is some evidence linking degenerative brain diseases to concussions, particularly athletes who might have received repeated blows to the head.

Once referred to as dementia pugilistica, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has gained a lot of attention in the past decade after autopsies of former NFL players showed shrinkage of brain tissue and abnormal build-up of a protein known as tau. While it is not likely for a single concussion to cause CTE, it is unclear how many blows to the head might result in the development of this serious disease. It is also unknown if genetics or other factors might play a role. Unfortunately, CTE can only be diagnosed post-mortem.

Concussions and Children

Parents with children who play contact sports, such as football, are encouraged to work with coaches and leagues to ensure their safety. It is also important to urge teams and schools to employ athletic trainers who are capable of recognizing a concussion and pulling out any injured players. You cannot rely on helmets, mouth guards, or padded helmet covers to protect your children from concussions.

Houston Personal Injury Lawyers for Brain Injury Victims

If you sustained a brain injury due to the negligence or careless actions of another, you have a right to pursue legal compensation. Brain injuries can result in costly medical visits and treatment, as well as lost wages, or loss of work. You should not have to pay for someone else’s mistakes.

At Stern Law Group, we understand the devastating effects that a traumatic brain injury can have on a person’s life as well as the lives of their loved ones. Our Houston personal injury attorneys will fight for you to ensure that justice is served and you receive the compensation you need.

Call us today for a free consultation at (877) 661-9900.

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