Classed as mild TBIs (traumatic brain injuries), concussions are typically not life-threatening. Usually caused by impacts to the head or whiplash-type injuries causing rapid back and forth movement of an affected individual’s head and brain, they can, however, cause some serious symptoms necessitating medical treatment. With this in mind, it is important to know the signs of concussion.
Common causes of concussion
Some of the most common causes of concussion include being hit by falling objects, slips, trips and falls and being involved in a road traffic accident. People participating in impact sports like boxing, rugby or football, for instance, are also at a heightened risk of suffering concussions.
Signs of concussion
Depending on the injured person and the severity of their injury after a car accident, for instance, signs of concussion may include:
- Balance problems
- Double or blurred vision
- Drowsiness or sluggish feeling
- Memory problems
- Nausea and vomiting
- Slowed reactions to stimuli
- Sensitivity to noise and light
Delayed signs of concussion
The symptoms of concussions may not always be immediately apparent. It could, in fact, be hours, days or weeks, even months after a motoring accident happened before any signs of concussion begin to show.
If a concussion is not recognised and allowed to heal properly, getting a second concussion, which is particularly relevant in terms of impact sports, could result in SIS (second impact syndrome).
SIS increases the risk of severe, potentially fatal brain swelling. It is therefore imperative to seek medical attention as soon after a vehicle collision, slip, trip or fall or sporting accident as possible, even if there was no loss of consciousness or other immediately apparent injury.
Compensation for concussion
Getting checked and, if necessary, treated for concussion also serves another purpose. If you were hurt in an accident on the road, for example, and someone else caused your accident, you could be entitled to driver or passenger injury compensation. Documenting your injury and administered treatments and medications, your medical records would in this case be required as evidence to support your claim for compensation.
Advice and help
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Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice