Recognizing Concussion Symptoms And Knowing When To Seek Treatment
When it comes to personal injuries, few conditions are as deceptive as concussions. Concussion symptoms can manifest immediately after an injury, but they can also appear hours or even days later. Being proactive and seeing a doctor after any accident is advised.
Recognizing concussion symptoms and seeking medical treatment as soon as possible is a way to protect your well-being. Opting to not see a doctor because you are worried about the financial expense is short sighted. Instead, make your health a top priority and connect with a Baltimore personal injury lawyer to access compensation for your accident-related expenses.
A Type of Traumatic Brain Injury
Dismissing a concussion as a bad bump on the head is misleading because concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBIs occur when a blow or jolt to the head leads to the brain moving rapidly back and forth within the skull. Depending on the situation, it is possible this forceful head movement can lead to various chemical changes and temporary dysfunction of brain cells.
It’s essential to be vigilant and aware of concussion signs and to take note of how you and others are feeling after an accident or injury involving the head. Plus, contrary to popular belief, you do not have to lose consciousness to be diagnosed with a concussion, most concussions do not result in unconsciousness.
Examples of concussion symptoms:
- Persistent or worsening headaches.
- Balance issues. Feeling unsteady on your feet, experiencing vertigo, or having difficulty maintaining balance.
- Feeling nauseous or vomiting, especially if it occurs after a head injury.
- Feeling disoriented, confused, or having trouble remembering recent events.
- Sensitivity to stimulus. Increased sensitivity to light (photophobia) or noise (phonophobia).
- Blurry vision. Experiencing blurred or double vision.
- Difficulty concentrating. Struggling to focus, make decisions, or engage in cognitive tasks.
- Mood shifts. Sudden mood swings, irritability, anxiety, or depression.
- Sleep issues. Insomnia or excessive sleeping, which can be a sign of disrupted brain function.
If you suspect you or someone else has sustained a concussion, seek medical attention. While it is true that some concussions are mild and resolve with home rest and care, it is also true that others lead to more severe complications when they are not properly managed.
Legal Implications of Concussions
It is important to understand that concussions can have long-term effects on a person’s health and well-being. Having your health assessed in a timely manner can make a significant difference in your recovery and overall well-being. Never underestimate the potential impact of a concussion, even if the symptoms you are experiencing initially appear mild.
After you promptly sought medical attention, consult with a skilled Baltimore personal injury lawyer to safeguard your rights, particularly if negligence played a role in your injury.
How can a lawyer help you after a concussion diagnosis? If your concussion was the result of a car accident, slip and fall, or workplace incident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Talk to the attorneys at Iamele & Iamele, LLP to learn more. Contact us to book your fee-free appointment.