A concussion can occur as the result of any type of bump, blow, or jolt to the head. As one of the most common types of personal injuries, concussions can occur in a variety of different types of accidents and may leave victims suffering from potentially permanent impairments. Throughout the month of September, public safety advocates and professionals in the medical community will be raising awareness about concussions, how they happen, and the warning signs you need to be alert for.
Raising Awareness About Concussions
Concussions are a common type of traumatic brain injury (TBI). They occur when any type of blow or jolting motion causes the head to move back and forth suddenly, impacting nerves, tissues, and neural pathways in the brain. It is the most common type of personal injury among people of all ages and a leading cause of death and disability in the United States.
Concussions impact millions of people each year. To call attention to the danger, September 18, 2020 has been designated as National Concussion Awareness Day. Medical practitioners, non-profit organizations, and concussion support groups across the country combine their efforts on this day and throughout the entire month to make people more aware of how these injuries happen. In addition to being among the most common types of personal injury, they are also among the most preventable. Leading causes of concussions include:
While all of the above are generally referred to as “accidents,” in most cases, it is the reckless and negligent actions of others involved which are responsible. To protect your health and your rights in filing a claim, report the accident to the proper authorities and seek medical attention immediately.
Common Impacts From Concussions
Concussions can occur in seemingly minor accidents. While any type of concussion has the potential to be disabling or even life-threatening, symptoms are often subtle and can be easily overlooked. In some cases, they can take days or even weeks to appear. In the aftermath of an accident in which a concussion is suspected, be on the lookout for the following symptoms:
Dizziness or light-headedness
Blurred or double vision
Lack of coordination and difficulty walking
Loss of memory about the accident
Problems with communication or understanding what is being said
Mood disturbances and sudden changes in personality
Nausea and vomiting
Loss of consciousness
Symptoms associated with concussions can last for months or even years after. In more serious cases, they can have a permanent impact on your physical, emotional, and cognitive abilities. Unfortunately, once a concussion happens, any future head injuries need to be closely watched, as symptoms are likely to be more severe in subsequent cases.
Our Aiken Personal Injury Attorney Is Here To Help
Concussion awareness day is calling attention to this common personal injury. At the Surasky Law Firm, we provide the caring support, trusted guidance, and professional legal representation that concussion victims and their families need. Let us help you get the compensation you need to recover. Contact our Aiken personal injury attorney online to request a consultation today.