You often hear that as a result of an accident, the victim suffered a concussion. Few realize how serious a concussion can be because it is often depicted as something most people walk away from. A concussion can have lasting cognitive and physical consequences that often result in financial hardship.
The word concussion is derived from the Latin term “to shake violently” and usually occurs when the head is subjected to a sudden bump or blow. The brain sometimes actually moves within the brain pan, causing mild to serious injury. One of the most common causes of this injury is vehicular accidents.
Consequences of Concussions
While a concussion is considered the least serious of brain injuries, any injury to such a delicate structure is never good. At the very least, the victim of a concussion may lose cognitive functions temporarily. Vision may become impaired, and confusion, headaches, nausea, and dizziness are common. In some cases, the effects of a concussion may persist for weeks, impairing a person’s ability to function normally.
For young children, whose heads are proportionately larger, concussion is often more serious. Out of a million children who suffer concussion every year, about 30,000 become permanently disabled in some way. That amounts to nearly three percent, which may not seem like a lot at face value, but turns out to be significant given the high incidence of concussions.
Treatment Protocol for Concussions
In most cases, a mild to moderate concussion will resolve in a few minutes to a few days. Nevertheless, suspected concussion should be referred for medical attention and observation. If the patient loses consciousness, this is a sign of a serious concussion, and may require tests to be done such as a CT scan or MRI to look for bleeding of the brain. In some cases, hospitalization is required.
Never discount the potential problems that may arise from a concussion. Seek medical attention immediately after an accident if there is evidence of head injury. If your injury was caused by another person’s actions, you may have cause to seek compensation with the help of Ritter and Associates.