Yes, just like more severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), concussions can be dangerous – especially if you do not take time to rest afterward. Furthermore, sustaining multiple concussions can result in second-impact syndrome (SIS), which occurs when you receive a second head injury before the first has healed, as well as a brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). According to BrainLine, the effect of multiple concussions over time can result in “long-term neurologic and functional deficits.” Researchers at UC San Francisco have also liked concussions to an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease and dementia. With these long-term consequences in mind, there is no such thing as a “mild” brain injury.
How Do I Know If I Have a Concussion?
You may not know right away if you have sustained a concussion. Sometimes, the signs and symptoms of a concussion start days or weeks after the injury. Not everyone who receives a concussion loses consciousness, but losing consciousness is one of the telltale signs of a concussion – and an indicator that you should seek emergency treatment.
Other signs and symptoms of concussion include:
- Blurred or double vision
- Not remembering what happened
- Being slow to answer questions
- Saying things that don’t make sense
- Slurred speech
- Balance problems and trouble walking
- Not feeling well
In addition to these signs and symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified Concussion Danger Signs, which could indicate a hematoma (or a dangerous collection of blood) on the brain that could cause the brain to squeeze against the skull.
While you should always seek medical care after experiencing a concussion or another head injury, you should call 9-1-1 or rush to the emergency room if you experience any of the following:
- One pupil is larger than the other
- Drowsiness or inability to wake up
- A headache that gets worse or does not go away
- Slurred speech, weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination
- Repeated nausea or vomiting
- Convulsions or seizures
- Unusual behavior
- Increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation
If you are worried your child has a concussion, look for the symptoms above and keep an eye out for inconsolable crying and refusal to nurse or eat.
Once again, the CDC’s danger signs mean you should call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency department.
What Should I Do If I Have a Concussion?
Always, always, always seek medical attention after a head injury. Follow your doctors’ instructions carefully and rest for at least 1-2 days. If you were injured in a traffic accident, a slip & fall, or any other situation caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, missed wages, and other losses.
Never sacrifice your health because you are worried about finances. Take the time you need to recover fully, then call Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC. We can help you get back what you’ve lost and hold the person who harmed you accountable for your accident and injury.
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