Are Concussions Dangerous?

A concussion is a serious brain injury that may not show its full effect until sometime later after it happens. It is especially dangerous if a person has multiple concussions, as the damage can accumulate over time. Getting a concussion is a common risk when involved in a car accident.

Your Brain is Floating

The brain is the soft tissue that floats inside your skull, riding in a liquid called cerebrospinal fluid (brain fluid). When the outer part of the skull hits a hard surface, the brain is sloshing around inside the skull and gets bruised when it hits the inner walls.

These brain bruises may cause swelling, pain, and discomfort. They may cause some interference with proper eyesight and give a person a massive headache or repetitive migraines that don’t want to go away.

Some who experience a severe concussion may experience a loss of memory (amnesia) and impaired bodily function, perhaps leading to paralysis.

What To Do If You Experience a Concussion

Suppose you or a loved one is in an accident and experiences a concussion. In that case, you must get treated by a qualified medical practitioner as soon as possible after suffering the injury. You must see a medical doctor qualified in the treatment of brain injuries.

When it comes to protecting your brain from suffering permanent damage, delaying seeing a doctor is not wise.

Common Symptoms of a Concussion

Concussions can have many negative consequences.

A person who has a concussion may experience one or more of these symptoms:

  • Blurry Vision
  • Confusion
  • Depressed or Feeling Down
  • Dizziness
  • Double Vision
  • Feeling Foggy, Groggy, Hazy, or Sluggish
  • Having Pressure in the Head
  • Inability to Concentrate
  • Lack of Balance
  • Light Flashes in the Eyes
  • Memory Problems
  • Nausea
  • Not Feeling Right
  • Ringing in the Ears
  • Severe Headache
  • Vomiting

Another person may see these symptoms in a person with a concussion:

  • Asking the Same Question Repeatedly
  • Bothered by Light or Noise
  • Confusion
  • Dazed Appearance
  • Delayed Response to Questions
  • Lethargy
  • Slurred Speech
  • Temporary Loss of Consciousness (blacking out)

These shortlists are just a few of the most common symptoms. Some mild concussions may not have any symptoms.

The Risk of Coma

One consideration for a person hit in the head hard enough to get a concussion is that they may accidentally slip into a coma. Your doctor may recommend that the person who suffered a concussion be brought to the awakened state every few hours for the first night after the injury and not be allowed to sleep the full night through.

This method is to avoid the person falling into a coma as a delayed reaction to the injury. It is possible that some people with a concussion fall asleep and do not wake up for a long time.

Contact an Attorney Today!

Take any injury to the head or brain very seriously. Get the proper medical attention and seek out the help of your personal injury lawyer to make sure your rights are protected. Call (281) 475-4535 or use the form on the website to request a free consultation.