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Know How to Recognize a Concussion

A concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). This type of injury can occur as a result of a variety of accident types, such as a car collision or a fall. Concussions, though mild and treatable with rest and medical supervision, should always be taken seriously. In many cases, victims do not receive the medical care they need for their concussions because of the lack of physical symptoms that come with this type of injury.

When an individual suffers a concussion because of another party’s negligence, he or she may be entitled to recover compensation for his or her medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering through a personal injury claim. To learn more about this possibility and begin the process of filing your personal injury claim, work with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Symptoms of a Concussion

Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries are often referred to as “invisible injuries” because they do not have physical symptoms like bleeding, bruising, or scarring. Sometimes, a victim might miss the symptoms of his or her concussion and only receive treatment after loved ones notice changes in his or her behavior.

Symptoms of a concussion include the following:

  • Nausea;
  • Vomiting;
  • Dizziness;
  • Fatigue;
  • Slurred speech;
  • Irritability;
  • Sensitivity to sound and light;
  • Confusion;
  • Inability to pay attention to activities;
  • Ringing in the ears;
  • and Memory problems.

Some of these symptoms appear as soon as the individual is injured. Others do not appear until hours or days after the accident, making them difficult to recognize and connect to trauma suffered by the victim. If your loved one exhibits any of the above symptoms after suffering a blow to the head, encourage him or her to seek medical attention. Discuss the importance of appropriate, timely medical care for concussion victims.

How are Concussions Treated?

The most effective treatment for a concussion is rest. This includes both physical and mental rest. Even if a victim works a sedentary job, such as working as a programmer, his or her doctor might recommend a period of time away from work so his or her brain can fully recover. Exhausting the brain can delay one’s recovery from a concussion. Even leisure activities that require mental skill, such as reading and playing video games, can sometimes be too taxing for a concussion victim. Individuals recovering from concussions should avoid any type of physical activity until the concussion symptoms are completely gone. During the recovery process, victims who suffer from headaches often turn to over-the-counter pain relievers to feel better.

Work with a La Crosse Personal Injury Attorney

If you or your child have suffered a concussion as a result of another party’s negligence or reckless behavior, work with an experienced personal injury attorney to seek compensation for the expense associated with the injury. Our team at Moen Sheehan Meyer, Ltd can help you file your personal injury claim to get the money you deserve.

Published February 17, 2016
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