Concussions (Mild Traumatic Brain Injury)
A concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can result from either a blow to the head or a violent impact to the body that causes the brain to collide against the skull. While considered “mild” in comparison to other forms of TBI, as doctors learn more about concussions’ effects on the brain, awareness of the dangers of these accident-related injuries continues to grow.
Since concussions can occur with or without direct impact to the head, they are a risk in virtually all types of accidents. From sports collisions to auto wrecks and trip-and-fall incidents, if you or a loved one has experienced any type of physical trauma, it is critical not to overlook the possibility of a traumatic brain injury.
Understanding the Causes and Effects of Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries
What do Accident Victims Need to Know about Concussions?
As someone who has been involved in a vehicle collision or other traumatic accident, it is important to know the symptoms of concussion. As outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these symptoms typically fall into four categories:
- Cognitive – Difficulty thinking clearly, concentrating and remembering new information; and general feelings of lethargy.
- Physical – Headaches, impaired vision, enhanced sensitivity, unsteadiness, dizziness; and fatigue.
- Emotional – Feeling irritable, sad, nervous, anxious; or overly emotional.
- Sleep-Related – Difficulty falling asleep and sleeping more or less than usual.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms after an accident, you should see your doctor and let him or her know that you are concerned about a possible concussion. You should also speak with an attorney about seeking financial compensation for your medical bills and other losses.
What Do Parents Need to Know About Concussion?
Parents of minor children should know how to spot the warning signs of a concussive brain injury. For young children, vomiting, excessive crying, changes in behavior, temper tantrums, general disinterest; and loss of newly-acquired skills can all be signs of a concussion.
What Do Children of Senior Parents Need to Know About Concussions?
Seniors can be more susceptible than younger adults to suffering traumatic brain injuries, and studies have shown that concussions can lead to an increased risk of dementia for older adults. Common medications, including aspirin and NSAIDs, can worsen the effects of concussions among older adults as well. Generally speaking, recovery will be slower for seniors, and those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries in falls, auto crashes, golf cart accidents; and other harmful incidents should be monitored to help reduce the risk of post-concussion injuries.
Get the Help You Need to Recover Just Compensation
The Villages® traumatic brain injury attorney Tim Babiarz brings over twenty (20) years’ experience to representing individuals who have been diagnosed with concussions and other forms of TBI. With offices in The Villages®, Mr. Babiarz and the team at the Babiarz Law Firm, PA handle personal injury claims throughout Central Florida. To discuss your case in a free and confidential consultation, please call (352) 205-7599 or request an appointment online today.