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The Most Common Signs of a Concussion

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that can impact its function. In many cases, the effects of this injury are typically temporary, though it is possible for one to suffer long-term effects, especially if the injured person fails to seek proper medical treatment. Some of the temporary effects of this injury include difficulty concentrating, trouble with memory, balance, and coordination. While people generally think that concussions are only caused by a blow to the head, it is also possible to sustain this injury if the head is violently shaken.

It is important to seek medical attention if you suffer a blow to a head or otherwise suspect that you sustained a concussion, regardless if you feel fine or not. Oftentimes, this injury does not always produce symptoms in the immediate aftermath of an accident.

That said, you will eventually begin to experience symptoms and, while no two injuries are alike, some signs and symptoms are more common than others.

Some of the most commons signs of a concussion include:

  • Headaches or the feeling of pressure in the head
  • A temporary loss of consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Amnesia regarding the details leading up to the event that caused the concussion
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Delayed response to questions
  • Seeming or feeling dazed
  • Fatigue

It is possible that you might experience these symptoms after sustaining a concussion. Other symptoms you might begin to experience in the days following your injury include:

  • Problems with concentration
  • Irritability and changes in personality
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Psychological adjust problems, including depression
  • Taste and smell disorders

Concussions in Children

Brain injuries are common in young children and tend to affect them differently since they are still in the developmental stages of their life. Additionally, young children are usually unable to describe how they feel, making this injury more difficult to diagnose in this age group. Some signs that could indicate a concussion in your child include:

  • Appearing dazed
  • Fatiguing easily
  • Irritability
  • Loss of balance or inability to walk steadily
  • Crying excessively
  • Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Disinterest in favorite toys

If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, or you suspect he or she sustained a concussion, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Seek emergency medical attention for an adult or child who experiences the following after sustaining a brain injury:

  • Repeated vomiting
  • Loss of conscious that lasts more than 30 seconds
  • Headaches that worsen over time
  • Changes in physical coordination, such as stumbling
  • Confusion or difficulty recognizing people
  • Slurred speech or other changes in speech
  • Seizures
  • Vision or eye disturbances
  • Large head bumps or bruises

Experienced Brain Injury Attorneys in Odessa

If you sustained a brain injury that was caused by another party or entity’s negligent actions, you have a right to pursue fair and just compensation. At Dean Law Firm in Odessa, our skilled personal injury attorneys in Odessa are backed by a proven track record of success that includes tens of millions of dollars recovered on behalf of our clients. We are dedicated to proving personal, one-on-one attention to every client we serve.

Get started on your personal injury case today and reach out to our law firm at (432) 214-8125 to request a free initial case review with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.