Recognizing the Possible Signs of a Concussion

Woman with a head injury

The dangers of concussions are more known than ever, but athletes aren’t the only people at risk. Car accidents and slips and falls are all causes of concussions people need to be aware of. It’s vital that you know how to recognize the symptoms so that you can get the medical attention you or your loved one needs.

What Exactly Is a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury caused by a blow or bump to the head. This causes the brain to bounce around within the skull, which causes damage to the brain cells. A concussion is only a mild case of this since it usually is not life-threatening.

Observed Signs

Here are some of the most commonly observed signs from clinical studies.

  • Memory loss of events before and after the hit or fall.

  • The patient seems dazed or stunned.

  • They’re moving sluggishly or clumsily.

  • Loss of consciousness, no matter how brief.

  • Forgets instructions or confused about details.

  • Shifts in mood or personalities.

These symptoms generally show up soon after the injury, but it’s essential to monitor the patient over time as well to see how symptoms might change or develop.

Other Potential Signs

Concussion sufferers have also reported the following symptoms:

  • Headaches.

  • Nausea or vomiting.

  • Problems with balance.

  • Noise or light sensitivity.

  • Feeling hazy or groggy.

Concussions and brain injuries, in general, can differ based on the patient. This is why there are additional potential symptoms that have been reported.

What to Do If You Have a Concussion?

If you or a loved one has a concussion, you should seek professional medical attention. Make sure you stay hydrated, avoid caffeine, and refrain from excessive physical activity. Have someone who can check on you to see if your symptoms worsen.

Call Manning Law, APC today at (800) 783-5006 or fill out an online contact form if you have been injured due to the negligence of others and need help building your case.