In the medical world, a concussion is any brain injury that causes a “disruption
or interruption” of normal brain functions, usually temporarily
so. The science of studying and understanding concussions is still fairly
young, though. If medical experts still have questions about concussions,
it makes sense that the average person would, too.
In an effort to advance your understanding of concussions, which could
help you avoid permanent consequences should you ever suffer one, our
New York City brain injury lawyers have compiled an FAQ all about concussion
injuries. Please give a read to learn some basic information about this
serious health condition. If you need our help for a legal matter pertaining to a
brain injury you or a loved one suffered due to another’s negligence, be sure
to call us at
646.461.4009 at your earliest convenience.
Concussion Injury: Frequently Asked Questions
What can cause a concussion?
Concussions appear to be caused by the brain actually hitting the sides
of the skull. Blunt force trauma, concussive blasts from nearby explosions,
or violent shaking can cause a concussion as the brain shakes around.
Soldiers and athletes experience concussions at a rate much higher than
most other people.
If I don’t fall unconscious, can I still get a concussion?
Yes. Many concussion injuries actually occur without the victim ever losing
consciousness. Being awake and aware of your surroundings does not guarantee
that you have not been concussed.
What are the usual signs of a concussion?
If someone is struck in the head, violently shakes, or is near a loud
explosion, they may begin to experience strong headaches, a stupor, feel
nauseated, and have uncharacteristic mood swings. If the concussion is
severe, they may begin to vomit, lose hearing or sight, and experience
immediate memory loss.
Will concussion symptoms last a long time?
If a concussion is properly treated as soon as it is diagnosed, most symptoms
should fade away over the course of a week or less. Without treatment,
traumatic brain damage could occur and cause semi-permanent or permanent symptoms.
If I have a concussion, can I fall asleep?
It depends on the severity of your concussion. If someone with a concussion
seems to be aware of themselves, their condition, and has cognitive control
– talking fairly normally, walking fine, etc. – sleep should
not be harmful. If someone with a concussion has severe symptoms, such
as balance issues and dilated pupils, they should be kept awake at all
costs. The safe bet in every case is stay awake until you see a medical
physician who can advise you further.
Can athletes stay in the game after experiencing a concussion?
No. Concussion injuries appear to be multiplicative, meaning they get
dramatically worse with each subsequent concussion. Wearing proper headgear
will not guarantee protection from concussions. In some cases, to protect
the athlete’s health, it may be necessary to remove them from all
sports permanently after even just one concussion.
Why do men get more concussions than women?
Some studies have found that men are more likely to get concussions than
women – this is misleading information. Men and women both have
equal chances of suffering a brain injury and concussion. The information
is skewed against men only because men are more likely to play high contact
sports or enroll in frontline military work. Nothing about their sex,
DNA, or hormones plays a role in causing concussions.