Concussions are a relatively common issue in the U.S., with millions of concussions being sustained each year. However, many remain unsure about the symptoms, prevention methods, and potential consequences of these injuries. This year marks the sixth annual Concussion Awareness Day, which takes place on Friday, September 17.
To help grow the conversation around concussions in the U.S., our team wants to provide some factoids that can help you learn more about these injuries and educate others, too.
Fact #1: Concussions Are a Type of Traumatic Brain Injury.
While many people view concussions as “mild” injuries, they should not be taken lightly. They are actually a form of traumatic brain injury and, as you can probably guess, anything that causes injury to the brain can be serious. Some people who sustain concussions may experience persistent symptoms such as memory and concentration problems, mood swings, personality changes, headache, fatigue, dizziness, insomnia and excessive drowsiness.
Fact #2: You Shouldn’t Skip Medical Treatment for a Concussion.
Many people who sustain concussions self-diagnose themselves and skip medical treatment. However, doing so can have negative impacts on your recovery and overall health. If you sustain any type of blow to the head, it’s highly recommended that you see a doctor who can properly diagnose your brain injury and provide you with the right treatment plan. This often includes physical and mental rest, as well as a break from all physical activities.
Fact #3: Concussions Take Time to Heal.
Every person and every concussion is different, meaning that no two people will have the same experience when healing from a concussion. However, on average, a concussion can take anywhere from 1-2 weeks to heal. If a person experiences symptoms after the 12-week mark, this is known as post-concussion syndrome. Additionally, each recurring concussion that a person sustains will take longer to heal and increase the risk of permanent adverse effects.
Fact #4: You May Pursue Compensation for a Concussion.
As we discussed, while some concussions may heal completely over the course of a few weeks or a few months, others can have long-term ramifications. If your concussion was sustained in an accident that was the result of another person’s negligence, such as in a car accident, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. An experienced attorney will be able to review your case and determine the total amount of your damages related to your concussion.
When an injury throws a curveball into your life, please know that our team is here to help you get through tough times. At Fowler | Helsel | Vogt, we have been advocating for those injured in Fresno and across Northern California for decades. When you choose us to represent you, you can rest assured knowing that your case is in good hands.
Contact our Fresno brain injury attorneys at (559) 900-1280 for a free case review.