Common Signs of a Serious Concussion
Playing sports and being active can be greatly beneficial to your health, but it can cost you. Everyday athletes suffer serious head injuries and other types of trauma because they are left with inadequate gear or are pushed past their physical limits. When these types of mistakes are made, serious, life-altering damage could occur.
If you or someone you love suffers a head injury, make sure you know the signs of a concussion so you can act fast to obtain treatment and prevent further harm.
Understanding the Dangers of a Concussion
Although concussions may seem like commonplace injuries, they can be extremely damaging and deadly if improperly treated or ignored. Any injury involving the head or brain should be treated with the utmost care, regardless of how minor the damage may seem. Without medical attention, concussions can result in brain damage, memory problems, personality changes, insomnia, depression, and other problems associated with the senses.
Common signs of a serious concussion include:
- Extreme fatigue
- Ringing in the ears
- Loss of consciousness
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Mood swings
- Sudden, irrational bursts of anger
- Loss of balance
- Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
- One pupil becomes larger than the other
- Numbness in the head or parts of the body
- Slurred speech
Concussions can occur anywhere and at any time. However, severe head injuries are most common in physical situations, like during high-contact sports games or during extreme athletic events. Concussions are common among athletes who participate in football, hockey, lacrosse, wrestling, rugby, and soccer, especially when the coaches and other managers fail to protect the players and look out for their best interest.
If someone you love sustains a concussion during a sporting event, you may be eligible to seek compensation for the damage you’ve sustained.
Contact Shrader & Associates L.L.P. for help with your personal injury case.