Concussion injuries may clinically be described as a moderate head injury
from a mild blow to the head but the truth is that they can lead to lifelong
complications and serious problems if they are not addressed properly.
Do not mistake the subtlety of a concussion for it being harmless. If
you or someone you know has suffered a concussion, it is crucial that
you act fast and get necessary medical attention. Of course, the best
way to avoid complications from a concussion injury is to never get one
in the first place, and understanding concussions is the key to their
Concussion Injury FAQ
What causes a concussion?
A concussion is a direct result of physical violence to the head, such
as a strong blow. The brain rattles inside the skull, hitting the bone
walls, and sustaining bruising or mild bleeding. If the damage is extensive,
it can lead to oxygen loss in the brain, worsening symptoms considerably.
I didn’t fall unconscious when struck – could I still have
Yes. Unconsciousness is merely a side effect of a serious head injury
like a concussion, it is not a cause. If you have been hit in the head
but remained conscious the whole time afterwards, you may still have a
What are the most common symptoms of a concussion?
Although a concussion can lead to numerous mental complications, there
are a few symptoms that are more common and act as telltale signs, such
as an immediate headache, loss of coordination and balance, nausea and
vomiting, tinnitus or temporary hearing loss, and exhaustion.
Do helmets really help prevent concussions?
Absolutely. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found
that helmets in inherently dangerous activities, such as sports or motorcycle
riding, will prevent a traumatic brain injury 25% of the time and a concussion
or other head injury 75% of the time. If you are partaking in an activity
that should be accompanied by a helmet, please wear one.
Is falling asleep deadly if you have a concussion?
The first thing people tend to say once they discover someone has a concussion
is for them to not fall asleep, or else they will die. This is good advice
but greatly exaggerated. If you suffer a concussion that is accompanied
by more severe symptoms, such as vomiting and stupor, you should not fall
asleep until the conditions are alleviated, or else the brain may lose
oxygen. If you suffer a concussion but retain total cognitive and motor
control, sleep is not considered highly dangerous. Either way, see a medical
professional immediately after suffering a concussion, which means before
you go to bed.
How long do concussion symptoms last?
Most concussions will last at least a week – you may now understand
why “not falling asleep” is an unlikely option – but
some weaker symptoms can last up to a month. Do not be alarmed if several
days go by and you still have waves of dizziness or random headaches.
Once again, see a doctor for diagnosis and they can probably give you
an idea of how long your symptoms will persist.
Is there a cure for a concussion?
Brain injuries are complicated, no matter how you analyze them. Treating
them is not like suturing up a laceration. Concussions, therefore, have
no direct cure but rest, relaxation, and limiting the brain’s usage
can help alleviate symptoms and pain. Do not involve yourself in any situations
that could cause subsequent concussions, do not read or watch television
for extended periods of time, and avoid socializing. Basically, you should
try to go into hibernation for at least a week.
Sometimes all the information and preparation in the world is not enough
to prevent a concussion, especially if a negligent third-party is the
cause of it. In such situations, you should
contact our Irvine brain injury attorney from The Law Offices of Thomas E. Rockett.
We may be able to help you secure maximum compensation for your
brain injury and recuperate in comfort.