Have you recently been in an accident where you have sustained injuries to your head?
If you are feeling nauseous, dizzy, sick, confused or not like yourself, you might have a concussion.
Make no mistake, a concussion is a serious injury. It is classified as brain damage and will occur if your brain is damaged, usually by hitting your skull. Concussions can be really dangerous and we as lawyers are hearing about them and their adverse effects all of the time. As expert no win no fee solicitors in Birmingham, we want to keep you updated on relevant information for personal injury cases.
But what is it exactly?
A concussion falls into the category of a traumatic brain injury or TBI. It can be very, very serious. Although our brain is protected by fluid that acts as a barrier and runs on the outside of the brain – this can only cushion so much damage.
Sometimes you can’t exactly see the injury…
This is a big problem with concussions. A lot of the time, a concussion is completely invisible. You will have no visible damage on the outside of your head and you could be completely concussed still. This is because you might have rattled your brain or burst a vessel. The damage could be severe to the inside of your brain but invisible to the naked eye.
What are the common symptoms I might be experiencing?
It is not always completely obvious when someone has a concussion. You might be able to tell if someone is not acting like themselves. Concussions can really alter one’s sense of memory, emotions and other ‘normal’ functions.
These are some of the more well known and common symptoms you can look out for after some sort of head accident:
– Losing consciousness.
– Headache and soreness.
– Blurry vision.
– Unusual loss of memory.
You might not have these obvious symptoms so if you suspect anything and even if the slightest thing is different about you – it is worth getting your head checked.
Getting your concussion checked
There are a few ways to check for a concussion. A CT scan, AKA a scan of the brain is a good way to determine whether any sort of damage has been inflicted on the brain and or skull. Your doctor might also perform basic cognitive tests to see how your memory, coordination, strength and so on react to tests.
Get yourself checked
We are lawyers but we follow what doctors say: “health comes first.” It is really important to get yourself checked out. The main reason being that an undiagnosed injury could lead to more if not promptly recognised. The quicker you can realise you have concussion the quicker you can get over this injury and not sustain further and more damaging injuries.
How your concussion could occur
As lawyers, the cases we often deal with involve things like car crashes and general car accidents. You can quite easily hit your head on the steering wheel or the windscreen in front of you. Obviously these parts of the car are very hard. Throw in speed and collisions and cars become an easy place to sustain concussions.
The only way you will ever know if you have a concussion is…
If you go to a doctor! These are the only people that can correctly diagnose you. As mentioned above there might not be any tell tale signs that you have sustained the damage you have and therefore you need to see a doctor if you have any sneaking suspicions you have been hurt.
It is common to get injured in sports. Concussions are no different. With people running around at speed and colliding into each other – concussions are bound to happen. There is major research going into the lasting effects of concussions as people are increasingly more aware of people showing obvious signs of damage from it. Think about sports like boxing. So many hits to the head cannot be good for one’s health.
Beware of reoccurring damage. The brain becomes more and more susceptible to damage the more hits it takes. The brain will take longer to recover each time too.
When will my concussion pass?
A mild concussion can heal within a matter of weeks. A stronger concussion could take months and people even sustain injuries that take years to heal.
How do I get rid of a concussion?
There are not many things you can do other than rest your head and make sure you do not sustain further damage. This is critical.
Can I make an injury claim as a result of sustaining a concussion?
You might be able to if someone else negligently caused your concussion. They would have had a duty of care to protect you in whatever they were doing and would need to have breached that duty of care. Whether this injury happened in a car on the road or at your place of work – we will be able to help you out.
Just get in touch if you have been unfortunate enough to sustain a brain concussion in a personal injury case, we will investigate your case and see if you have something worth pursuing. You can come into the office and talk about it to us in person if you like.
Thanks for reading!
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