How to Identify Concussion Symptoms After an Accident

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    December 28 2019

    Have you recently been injured in an accident? Did you experience a bump, blow, or jolt to the head? Do you know how to spot concussion symptoms after an accident? Are you aware of the signs and symptoms of a concussion?

    A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that may not be immediately visible. Traumatic brain injuries can have both immediate and long-lasting consequences. Concussions are common—more common than one might expect.

    Getting into an accident can be scary. Afterward, you might only look for physical injuries. However, ignoring the signs and symptoms of a concussion can have serious consequences. If you or a family member suffers a concussion after an accident, seek medical help immediately.

    Once you have received medical care, consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

    If you’ve been the victim of an accident (car accidents, bicycle accidents, boat accidents, bus accidents and more) you may have sustained a concussion. Learn about concussion symptoms in this article, and get the experienced legal representation you need from our Las Vegas personal injury law firm. Call us for a free initial consultation: (702) 857-6000.

    What is a Concussion?

    A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the causes of a concussion include:

    • a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or
    • a hit to the body.

    This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull. This creates chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretches and damages brain cells.

    Traumatic Brain Injuries

    Traumatic brain injuries are severe head injuries that cause significant trauma to the brain.  A traumatic brain injury can have many different levels of severity. The victim of a traumatic brain injury may recover completely or could end up with a lifelong disability.

    Millions of Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury every year.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014, traumatic brain injuries resulted in 2.87 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths.

    If you are suffering from a mild traumatic brain injury, you may experience some of the following symptoms:

    • brief loss of consciousness
    • a state of being dazed, confused, or disoriented
    • dizziness, loss of balance
    • headache
    • nausea or vomiting
    • problems with speech
    • changes in sleep patterns
    • blurred vision
    • ringing in the ears
    • bad taste in the mouth
    • change in the ability to smell
    • memory loss or concentration problems

    Did you or one of your family members suffer from a traumatic brain injury because of the fault of another party?  If so, you should speak with experienced traumatic brain injury attorneys who can advise you about your case.

    If you would like to speak to the traumatic brain injury attorneys at Anthem Injury Lawyers, contact us at (702) 857-6000. You can also contact us online for a free consultation.

    Concussion Causes

    The CDC lists the following as the leading causes of concussion as seen in emergency departments:

    • falls
    • motor vehicle-related injury
    • unintentionally being struck by or against an obstacle
    • assaults
    • playing sports

    Facts about Concussion and Brain Injury Report by the CDC.

    Risk Factors

    The Mayo Clinic found that the following activities and factors increase your risk of a concussion:

    • Falling, especially in young children and older adults.
    • Participating in a high-risk sport, such as football, hockey, soccer, rugby, boxing or other contact sport.
    • Participating in high-risk sports without proper safety equipment and supervision.
    • A motor vehicle collision.
    • A pedestrian or bicycle accident.
    • Being a soldier involved in combat.
    • Being a victim of physical abuse.
    • Having had a previous concussion.

    Have you or a loved one suffered from a concussion because of the fault of another party?  If so, you should seek medical help immediately. After you have received proper medical care, you should speak with an experienced injury attorney.

    Anthem Injury Lawyers are experienced in handling concussion injury cases. Contact us at (702) 857-6000 or online to set up a free consultation.

    Concussion Signs and Symptoms

    Head injuries and accidents are scary. They can impact your life long after the physical scars have healed. Knowing what to look for after an accident can help you or your loved ones get the help they need. If you or a loved one suspect a traumatic brain injury, seek medical help immediately.

    Per the Brain Injury Association of America, “symptoms of concussion can range from being hard-to-see to quite obvious.” The general signs as provided by the Brain Injury Association of America are as follows:

    • Dizziness
    • Headaches
    • Blurred Vision
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Slurred Speech
    • Appearing Dazed and Confused
    • Ringing in the Ears
    • Delayed Response to Questions
    • Loss of Consciousness

    After an accident, a person with a concussion may experience or demonstrate cognitive, physical, emotional and/or sleep issues. The Brain Injury Association of America provides the following concussion symptoms for you to be aware of after an accident.

    Cognitive

    • In a “fog”; can’t think clearly.
    • Can’t follow conversations.
    • Trouble with attention/concentration.
    • Difficulty learning new information.
    • Word finding problems.
    • Slowed reaction times.

    Physical

    • Headache
    • Post-traumatic amnesia (can’t recall injury)
    • Nausea
    • Dizziness
    • Sensitivity to light/sound
    • Fatigue

    Emotional

    • Sad
    • Easily irritated
    • Anxious
    • More emotional than usual.
    • Changes in personality.
    • More impulsive.

    Sleep

    • Sleeping more.
    • Trouble falling asleep.
    • Not sleeping soundly.
    • Sleep cycle disturbed.
    • Not feeling rested after sleep.

    Now that you’re aware of the symptoms of a concussion, it’s important not to delay getting your case moving forward – you need an experienced Las Vegas personal injury law firm to represent you. Call Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000. We provide a free initial consultation – don’t wait, call us today! 

    Concussion Treatment

    If you or a loved one have been in an accident and are experiencing any of the above concussion symptoms, seek medical help immediately. Your doctor or emergency care provider may order tests, including a scan of your brain to evaluate the extent of your injuries. Your doctor may also do additional tests. These tests will assess:

    Concussion Prevention

    Accidents happen every day. However, you may be able to take simple steps to lessen your chances of experiencing a concussion. The Mayo Clinic provides the following prevention tips that may help you to prevent or minimize your risk of head injury:

    • Wear protective gear during sports and other recreational activities. Make sure the equipment fits properly, is well-maintained and worn correctly. Follow the rules of the game and practice good sportsmanship.
    • Wear protective headgear when bicycling, motorcycling, snowboarding or engaging in any recreational activity that may result in head injury.
    • Buckle your seat belt. Wearing a seat belt may prevent serious injury, including head injury, during a traffic accident.
    • Make your home safe. Keep your home well-lit and your floors free of anything that might cause you to trip and fall. Falls around the home are a leading cause of head injury.
    • Protect your children. To help lessen the risk of head injuries to your children, block off stairways and install window guards.
    • Exercise regularly. Regular exercise strengthens your leg muscles and improves your balance.
    • Educate others about concussions. Letting coaches, athletes, parents, and others know about concussions helps spread awareness. Coaches and parents can also help encourage good sportsmanship.

    Experienced Las Vegas Injury Lawyers

    If you have a concussion as a result of an accident in Nevada, you should speak to a licensed Nevada injury lawyer.  The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of lawyers and staff ready to help you with your car accident case.

    We offer free case evaluations.  Our office is conveniently located in Henderson. We work with clients all over the Las Vegas Valley, including North Las Vegas, Summerlin, Spring Valley, Anthem, and the Strip. Contact us today for a free consultation at (702) 857-6000.

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