The Serious and Long-Term Nature of Concussions
Drivers, construction workers, pedestrians, motorcyclists; there are many people out there who are susceptible to suffering serious injury as a result of someone else’s negligence. Some of the most dangerous types of injuries involve the brain, including traumatic brain injuries and concussions.
These injuries often require immediate medical attention and may leave the injured person with long-term damages that need to be considered. When these types of injuries occur, it is important for individuals to recognize where negligence may be present.
In many situations, concussions are caused by someone else’s reckless actions, which should make them liable for the damages sustained. Understanding the legal matters involved is important and it’s crucial to move forward and pursue justice when someone causes you harm.
The Severity of a Concussion
When someone suffers a concussion, there are multiple affects that may be experienced or endured by the injured individual. Unfortunately, the symptoms often experienced vary in severity, all making it difficult for the person harmed.
Depending on how severe the injury is, there are a number of different signs and symptoms that may be displayed. Furthermore, the injuries may be delayed, so the signs may not be immediately apparent, making it important to get medical attention as quickly as possible.
Without recognition of the injury and without knowing what to do to help treat the condition, there may be problems that can persist and further damage can be sustained by the injured individual. Here are some of the symptoms to watch for:
- Head pressure or headache can be two small symptoms that may feel like a normal problem, but when associated with trauma to the head, it can be a serious sign of something wrong.
- Temporary loss of consciousness could be as little as a few seconds or last a couple of minutes. Typically, you will notice this sign immediately following the injury.
- Some of the visible symptoms may include slurred speech, a dazed appearance, delayed reaction, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting. There may also be some memory issues around the time of the accident.
Some of the other symptoms may include fatigue and ringing in the ears. These are most often the immediate signs that may be experienced.
The Long-Term Impact that May Occur
Some of the longer term symptoms of concussions can be a bit more serious and worrisome. These include some visual and mental signs that should be recognized by the injured party. One symptom in particular could be complaints regarding memory, focus, and concentration.
There are other symptoms that may be experienced, including taste and smell disorders, difficulty adjusting psychologically, depression, difficulty sleeping, sensitivity to noise and light, and irritability. If you recognize some changes in behavior, this may also be a clear sign of a concussion.
What Happens Without Treatment
Getting treatment is crucial. If someone sustains multiple concussions in a shorter period of time can lead to more serious consequences. This has been made apparent with the revelation of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in ex-athletes who have sustained multiple head injuries.
When something like this happens, it can be the result of a workplace accident, a slip and fall, a car or pedestrian accident, and many other potential causes. Knowing if negligence is involved can help the injured party recognize what legal options may exist.
At Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, our San Diego brain injury attorneys understand how serious concussions can be and what they mean for the suffering party. As such, we work hard to represent our clients to the full extent of the law.
Trust that our firm can work with you to protect your rights and options, pursuing the justice and compensation you deserve. Your best interests are our top priority and we go the extra mile to hold the negligent individual responsible for their actions.
Contact us today at (619) 732-0560. We’re truly committed to our clients from start to finish because we know what a difficult time this is. We’ll stand in your corner every step of the way.