Patient in CT scan at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center.When people think of concussions, they typically imagine someone completely unconscious, however, there are a myriad of different ways that a concussion can manifest itself. What makes concussions so dangerous and difficult to diagnose are their lack of overt symptoms. Doctors who fail to diagnose a concussion that later on leads to a greater injury may be susceptible to malpractice lawsuits from their patients.

Concussion Symptoms

A concussion is a form of brain injury that is caused by trauma to the head or to the body. A concussion can be caused by contact sports, car accidents, falling, fighting and more. Concussions can easily be overlooked and can become exacerbated, causing much more severe injuries down the line. Although the symptoms of a concussion are not always obvious, there are some signs of a concussion that, if recognized, can help prevent further injury.

Here are a few common symptoms that, if present, are indicative of a concussion:

  • A headache that develops after being hit in the head. Even a slight headache can be a sign of a mild concussion.
  • Inability to think clearly or remember certain events.
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy or confused and having trouble concentrating .
  • Blurred or double vision.

Handling a Concussion

Many concussions are mild in severity and will not cause any lasting injury on their own. If, however, a concussion goes unnoticed and there is another injury to the head or the original injury goes untreated, the mild concussion could lead to a much more severe injury.

If you have a headache after getting into an accident or after being hit on the head, you should seek immediate medical attention. After it is confirmed that you have a concussion, the best course of action is to take it easy for a few days to avoid re-injury or increasing the severity of the concussion.

If you ever suspect that you have a concussion stemming from a car accident or a physical altercation with another individual, you may be entitled to some form of compensation for your injuries. You will need the services of a Charlotte law firm that specializes in personal injury law to fight for you. Contact Campbell & Associates today for a free consultation with one of our North Carolina injury attorneys.