Everyone knows that a concussion can happen if you suffer a blow to the head. This could happen as your head strikes the side window in a car accident, for instance, or as it hits the ground after you slip and fall from a ladder.
However, concussions can happen when there is no direct trauma to the brain through an open wound or a break in the skull.
How does the brain suffer harm in a closed-injury accident?
In short, the issue is that your brain can still move within the skull. It can be stretched and pressed. When the head jerks quickly enough, the brain doesn’t move with it. Instead, it collides with the inside of the skull. That skull, the brain’s main line of defense, may stay completely intact, but you can still be badly injured.
What symptoms are there of a concussion?
You can experience a lot of different symptoms with a concussion. Perhaps the most serious symptom of a concussion — and the most common — is that you lose consciousness, even if just for a second. Other potential symptoms include:
- Loss of memories
- General confusion
- Difficulty with balance
- Issues with light and sound sensitivity
- Blurry vision
- Nausea and vomiting
- Feeling exhausted or fatigued
It is true that many people recover from concussions quickly, but there are also those who suffer from symptoms for weeks or months. Also, medical professionals warn that repeated concussions can change how your brain functions forever, and it’s easier to get a concussion if you’ve already had one before. You must take this type of injury seriously, and that means knowing what legal options you have to seek compensation for your medical bills and other losses.