When Should You Go To the Doctor for a Concussion?
Head injuries should never be taken lightly, even if the injured party says they feel fine and don’t need medical attention. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you or someone you know may have a concussion, you should always see a doctor for an expert opinion. Our heads may be protected by a thick layer of bone, but they can still sustain serious damage if they are shaken, struck, punctured, or otherwise hurt. Even though they may seem common, concussions are extremely risky head injuries and can result in lasting damage, especially if left untreated.
If you or someone you love suffered a head injury, make sure you know when to seek medical attention.
In short, if you ever have reason to believe you have a concussion or other major head injury, you should most definitely seek medical attention. However, identifying a concussion and differentiating between a minor or major injury can sometimes be challenging. So, if you or someone you know was hit in the head or sustained a serious fall, resulting in a head injury, make sure you know what signs may indicate a serious concussion.
Common symptoms of a concussion include:
- Confusion, disorientation
- Poor balance
- Mood swings
- A metallic taste in the mouth
- Slurred speech
- Ringing in the ears
Concussions can occur during a variety of activities, from extreme sports to simple slip and fall incidents. In any situation where someone falls onto their head, strikes their head, or is hit in the head, they could sustain a serious concussion. Concussions might also occur when someone is shaken very roughly, rattling the brain inside the skull and potentially harming nerves and muscles. In short, if you or someone you love suffered any type of head injury and exhibit any of the following symptoms, see a doctor immediately.
The Lasting Impact
If concussions are left untreated or are especially severe, the victim could suffer serious long-term effects. Some of the potential results of a concussion include anxiety, seizures, depression, aggression, memory problems, chronic headaches, and insomnia. In order to decrease your chances of suffering some of these serious long-term side effects, make sure you seek medical attention if you ever suspect you’ve suffered a concussion.
If your head injury was caused by another person’s carelessness or negligence, our firm may be able to help you build a personal injury case. Contact Shrader & Associates L.L.P. for help from our sports concussion attorneys.