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Concussions Carry Both Short- and Long-term Risks

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Concussions Carry Both Short-and Long-term RisksIf you’re ever in a car accident, do not make the mistake of assuming that a headache, dizziness, or nausea are normal. These symptoms could be signs of a concussion, which is the result of a traumatic brain injury caused by a severe blow to the head or body.

A concussion is not to be taken lightly. In fact, the National Hockey League is under fire for practices that contribute to a high rate of concussions for athletes. On April 15, a group of former NHL players including Dave Christian, Reed Larson and William Bennett filed a federal class action lawsuit alleging that NHL practices put players at higher risk for developing Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss, depression or dementia. Their lawsuit came less than a week after a similar claim by a group including Dan LaCouture, Dan Keczmer and Mike Peluso.

The most common causes of concussions are sports-related mishaps and motor vehicle accidents. A concussion causes the brain to shake inside the skull and can be fatal in some cases.  In the second NHL lawsuit, LaCouture states that his concussions have caused changes in personality, sensitivity to light, headaches, irritability and depression.

There is often no way to know if the effects of the concussion will be severe enough to cause long-term problems, but it does happen, which is why it helps to know what the symptoms of concussions are if you find yourself in a car accident. Unlike a professional hockey player, you probably don’t have a hefty bank account to protect you if you’re unable to work or need expensive medical care because of a concussion.

Immediate Signs of a Concussion

There are numerous signs to look out for immediately after an injury, including:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Trouble balancing
  • Feeling sleepy
  • Feeling moody, anxious or nervous

Aside from the immediate effects to watch out for after a traumatic injury, there are long-term concerns that you should keep in mind, as well. It is the same for children who suffer from concussions after a car accident. For example, if the above symptoms above do not ebb or get more severe over time, you should go to the hospital or a doctor right away. You should also look to see if there are any changes in your sleep habits, such as being unable to sleep, feeling groggy or having trouble staying asleep.

Contacting a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you find yourself suffering from the effects of a concussion after being in a car accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your and/or your family’s injuries. You should contact an experienced personal injury attorney like those at Holzer Edwards for a free consultation. We have lawyers who specialize in concussion injuries caused by car accidents. Contact us today at (208) 386-9119 or toll-free at (888) 490-0992.

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