You likely know that any head injury can have both short- and long-term consequences. Head injuries, especially concussions, have garnered significant attention in the media in recent years. Many former sports stars have made the news due to the difficulties they are experiencing from repeated blows to the head over the course of their careers. Sports organizations have instituted so-called concussion protocols when an athlete takes a blow to the head.
However, concussions are not confined to the grid iron, a court or field of play. Concussions can occur from any trauma to the head. Slip-and-fall accidents, car wrecks, bike accidents and other events may result in a head injury. It is important to understand that a person does not have to lose consciousness to need medical attention for a head injury. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that symptoms of a concussion may not surface for days, or longer. In some cases, the symptoms may be delayed for months.
Early symptoms of a head injury may include:
- Decreased coordination or dizziness
- Numbness or weakness, especially in the limbs
- Slurred speech
- A persistent headache
- Nausea or vomiting
Even with an understanding of the symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention after an accident to be sure that symptoms are not masked or delayed. If you or a loved one suffered any trauma to the head, there may be an injury. Similarly, in a serious car accident, the sudden motions can sometimes result in a head injury - internally. The brain can get jolted inside the skull, and suffer an injury without any external blow.
After an accident, it is often a good idea to get checked out by a doctor. The adrenaline rush alone after a car wreck can mask a variety of injuries. As the adrenaline and chaotic atmosphere in the aftermath of a crash ease, some symptoms may start to show up - but as noted above, symptoms are not always immediate. If your injury was caused by someone else's negligence, speaking with an experienced attorney can help you to understand your legal options.