Delayed Concussion Symptoms
Did you know that a concussion is actually a type of brain injury? Doctors often call it a “mild traumatic brain injury” or “mTBI” for short.
But don’t let the word “mild” fool you. Even these so-called mild injuries can significantly affect people, especially if they have symptoms that show up late. If you hit your head and someone else is at fault, it’s essential to see a doctor and talk to a lawyer who knows about brain injuries.
What Causes Concussions and Head Injuries?
Concussions happen when there’s a hard hit or sudden shake to the head or body. This makes the brain move in ways it shouldn’t inside your skull.
You might get a concussion in different ways, including the following:
- Playing sports with a lot of physical contact, such as football, soccer, or boxing
- Being hurt in situations like domestic violence or assault
- Slipping and falling on hard floors or from high places
- Being near explosions in military situations
- Getting into car, truck, or motorcycle accidents.
- Having a bicycle accident
In all these cases, your first step should be to look after your health. Go to a doctor if you have hurt your head. It’s also a good idea to talk to a lawyer if you get injured due to someone else’s actions or inaction.
Understanding Concussion Symptoms
It’s a common mistake to think head injuries are only severe if you pass out. That’s not true. Concussions can affect your body and mind in many ways, and it’s often hard to link these changes directly to the injury.
Here are some signs to look out for:
- Having trouble thinking clearly or feeling like your thoughts are slow
- Not being able to concentrate, even for a little while
- Finding it hard to remember new things
- Getting headaches
- Blurry vision
- Feeling dizzy and having trouble with balance
- Feeling clumsy
- Nausea or throwing up
- Being extra sensitive to lights or sounds
- Feeling tired
- Getting easily upset or angry
- Feeling sad
- Experiencing more mood swings
- Feeling more worried or anxious
- Sleeping more or less than you usually do
- Having trouble falling asleep
Someone with a concussion might have just one or many of these symptoms. They can come and go or change as the brain heals. If you’ve had a hard hit to the head or body, see a doctor right away.
When Do Concussion Symptoms Show Up?
If you think you might have a concussion, it’s important to go to the emergency room immediately.
Here are some urgent symptoms to watch for:
- Passing out
- Having seizures
- Getting a black eye without hitting your eye
- Vomiting more than once.
- Trouble talking or slurring your words
- Something stuck in your head from the injury
Even if you don’t have these symptoms right after getting hurt, you might still get a delayed concussion. This means symptoms show up later. Sometimes, these late symptoms can turn into what’s called post-concussion syndrome, where the problems last longer than usual.
Concussions and the Danger of Getting Hurt Again
Getting back to normal life after a concussion is what everyone wants, but taking care of your health is most important. Healing from a concussion takes time.
It’s really important to let your body heal properly. Stay away from things that could hurt your head again. Going back to activities too soon can lead to getting hurt again or worsening symptoms.
If you hurt your brain before it’s fully healed, this is called “second impact syndrome.” With delayed symptoms from a concussion, you might not know how badly you’re hurt. So, it’s best to avoid anything that could cause another concussion.
“Second impact syndrome” can cause even more damage to your brain or nerves. This includes serious issues like bleeding, swelling, and brain cells dying. Avoiding things that could shake your brain while it’s healing is crucial.
Doing things that shake your brain while it’s healing can be really dangerous. A new injury can cause more serious problems like bleeding, swelling, and brain cells dying. This can lead to worse symptoms you already have or new, serious problems.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer if You Have Delayed Concussion Symptoms
If you’re facing the challenges of delayed concussion symptoms after an accident, you’re not alone. Fortunately, a personal injury lawyer can help you during this stressful time. An experienced legal team understands the complexities of these cases and will commit to fighting for your rights. Don’t navigate this difficult time alone; let a personal injury attorney be your advocate and support you in seeking justice.
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