Personal Injury FAQ: Concussion Injuries

ConcussionIn 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.

Concussion Injury: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.
  2. If I don’t fall unconscious, could I still have 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.
  3. What are the 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 to stay awake until you see a medical physician who can advise you further.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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