Serious Brain Trauma: 5 Signs You Have a Concussion

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Concussions are a common type of brain trauma. Perhaps you yourself have sustained one. Although common, concussions are still classified as a type of serious brain trauma.

What Exactly Is A Concussion?

The brain is a sensitive organ. It has the soft, pliable consistency of Jell-O. Thankfully, cerebrospinal fluid inside the skull cushions the brain, protecting it from minor bumps to the head.

A major bump can cause the brain to move back and forth inside the skull. When that happens, it’s possible for the brain to hit the skull’s inner walls. Such violent contact can cause a brain injury.

Most of the time, brain injuries last for only a short period of time. However, some symptoms can worsen over time. In that case, the person who has sustained the injury has likely also suffered serious brain trauma.

Every level of brain injury is accompanied by telltale symptoms. Let’s review five of those symptoms below.

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Five Symptoms of A Concussion

Concussions entail bleeding in or around the brain. Many of the symptoms of a concussion stem from that bleeding.

It’s true that many brain injuries are minor and go away. However, some stick around. They even get worse.

For that reason, it’s important to know the signs of a confession. That way, you can identify them and get yourself to a doctor if necessary.

Below are five common symptoms of a concussion.

1. Drowsiness

Most of us have seen a skit or cartoon in which a character sustains a head injury. That character then begins to experience excessive sleepiness. Another character will then poke or smack them so they can stay awake.

There is a reason why the above scenario is often portrayed in fiction. Drowsiness is one of the most common symptoms of a concussion.

2. Vision Trouble

A concussion can affect the brain’s ability to process information correctly.

Like every other part of the body, eyes send receptive information to the brain. After a concussion, the brain may not process that information correctly. In that event, double vision or blurred vision may occur.

Vision issues should lessen as the brain heals. If they don’t, you should seek medical attention immediately.

3. Light Sensitivity

We know that concussions affect how the brain processes information sent from the eyes. One piece of information that the eyes report is brightness.

Concussions also affect how the brain handles brightness. Computer screens, natural sunlight, and other bright lights aggravate the already sensitive brain. Continued exposure can worsen the condition.

4. Nausea

A concussion is the result of trauma to the brain. As such, concussions stimulate a number of neurological activities.

One of those activities is nausea. Those who’ve sustained a concussion often report nausea or feeling sick afterward. Some even report vomiting.

5. Balance Problems

A person’s equilibrium, resulting in confusion and disorientation.

In addition, someone experiencing equilibrium problems may experience balance problems. They will find they have trouble just standing up and walking.

Suffering From Serious Brain Trauma? We Can Help!

At Hakim, Toma, & Yaldoo, P.C., we seek compensation for those who have suffered serious brain trauma. Common circumstances that cause such trauma include medical malpractice, car accidents, and falls.

If you need help claiming compensation to treat your trauma, please reach out to us today!