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Understanding Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion

By Lipton Law on August 23, 2011 - No comments

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that results from a blow to the head. A car accident, a slip-and-fall, a workplace accident, or any other situation in which a person’s head hits or is hit by another object can cause a concussion. Concussions that are not diagnosed and treated properly are particularly dangerous since they can result in permanent brain damage. Even concussions that are treated properly can take several months to heal and leave a person with long-term health effects, particularly if the concussion is severe.

Everyone experiences the symptoms of a concussion differently. Some common symptoms include:

  • Headache or pain in the head, jaw, neck, or shoulders
  • Altered consciousness – drowsy, confused, difficult to wake up, unconscious
  • Confusion, inability to “think straight,” or an inability to remember things immediately before or after the concussion
  • Nausea, dizziness, and/or vomiting
  • Changes in pupil sizes, double vision, or unusual eye movements
  • Difficulty walking or persistent weakness on one side of the body
  • Convulsions or seizures

If a concussion is suspected, the person should see a physician as soon as possible. Call 911 or your local emergency services immediately if the person is experiencing seizures, cannot stay conscious, has muscle weakness or walking problems, or is vomiting repeatedly.

Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries can cause permanent health problems. If you or someone you love has suffered a concussion in an accident, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Michigan personal injury attorneys at Lipton Law to learn more about your legal rights and options. Call us today at 248-557-1688 for a free and confidential consultation.