Research on traumatic brain injuries suggests that delayed treatment could prolong and even hamper recovery. A concussion is among the most common types of brain injury, usually caused by a blow or jolt to the head. Depending on the severity, concussions can have life-altering consequences and complications, so it’s important to know the symptoms – especially considering they don’t always appear right away. In fact, they may take several days or weeks to manifest in subtle ways.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be knocked unconscious to have suffered a concussion. This type of brain trauma is not always the result of a bump to the head. A bad fall down the stairs, a violent body check (in contact sports or during a vehicle accident), is enough to bounce the brain inside the skull and damage delicate cells.
You can protect yourself and your loved ones by recognizing concussion symptoms, which can come on suddenly or slowly over time. If any of the following signs are present, you can reduce the risk of lasting repercussions by seeking prompt medical attention. With early diagnosis and proper care, most people with mild concussions can expect a full recovery.
#1: A bad headache that won’t go away
Concussive patients often complain of a “pressure headache” that tends to worsen when lying down and gets better when standing up. This type of headache doesn’t respond to OTC medications.
#2: You’re feeling detached and slow
A brain injury can impact mental function, making you feel foggy or like you took too much sleep medication. You may be feeling detached from your surroundings, confused and find it difficult to make decisions or pay attention.
#3: Not acting like your normal self
Subtle changes in mood and personality are another symptom of concussion that doesn’t show up right away. If you’re normally an upbeat, happy person who feels anxious, depressed or angry, this could be a sign of brain injury.
#4: Sleep disturbances
An estimated 90 percent of concussive patients experience some form of insomnia. If your sleep patterns have changed or you can’t fall asleep despite feeling tired, it’s time to get checked out.
#5: Coordination & balance problems
Feeling off balance is another hallmark sign of a concussion. This may or may not be accompanied by a dizziness as well. Brain injury can also affect coordination since processing speeds are slowed down.
It’s easy to dismiss a bit of “brain fog,” or feeling slower than usual. But medical experts say that if you feel that something isn’t quite right, it’s better to consult with your doctor.
There is no definitive test for a concussion, meaning this type of brain injury can go undiagnosed in those who are not aware of the signs. If your physician also suspects a concussion, he or she may refer you to a neurologist for further treatment.
Legal guidance for TBI victims in Los Angeles
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 75 percent of all traumatic brain injuries in the United States are concussions. No matter if you were in a truck accident, car crash or slipped and hit your head, you deserve to be compensated if negligence played a role.
Salamati Law can explain your options and outline the best course of action in your case. Call our law office today and talk to an experienced traumatic brain injury lawyer in Los Angeles free of charge.
Additional Resources on Concussion Injuries and Symptoms:
- CDC, What are the Signs and Symptoms of Concussion? https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/symptoms.html
- Prevention, 8 Signs Of A Concussion You Need To Know https://www.prevention.com/health/g20489283/8-signs-of-a-concussion-you-need-to-know/
- BrainLine.org, Facts About Concussion and Brain Injury https://www.brainline.org/article/facts-about-concussion-and-brain-injury