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Signs you might have a concussion

On Behalf of | Nov 27, 2017 | blog, Firm News

Imagine shopping at your favorite store in Cincinnati. You turn down an aisle to pick up the last item on your list when you step directly in a puddle of water and slip. The impact left you with some seemingly minor bumps and bruises along with a headache. But, are you sure the headache is as minor as it seems? What if it is actually more serious? What if the impact caused you to suffer from a concussion?

In general, a concussion is actually a traumatic brain injury that can affect how your brain functions. In most cases, the symptoms of a concussion are temporary and will fade over time. Sometimes they result from a hit to the head, such as in a fall, and other times violent movement, like in a car wreck, can cause a concussion. It is easy to have a concussion and not actually realize it, which is one of the reasons why it is such a dangerous injury. To learn more about the symptoms of a concussion, read further.

Common symptoms

The most common symptoms of a concussion include headaches, brief loss of consciousness, confusion and nausea. You might also experience a ringing in your ears, dizziness, fatigue, a delay in processing information and possibly amnesia. Many of these symptoms will occur immediately after an event that causes a concussion and if you experience any of them, you should seek medical attention immediately.

Delayed symptoms

It could take hours or days for some symptoms to manifest. For example, several days after you suffer a concussion, you might experience confusion, light sensitivity or irritability. Other symptoms that are typically delayed include problems sleeping, changes in the way some foods or substances taste or smell, and you might exhibit signs of depression.

Get medical attention

If you experience any of the above symptoms within one or two days of suffering a head or neck injury, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Simply because you do not see any evidence of bruising or bleeding, it does not mean that the injury is not serious.

If you have suffered and injury due to a slip-and-fall accident, you might be able to file a claim for damages. You should not have to pay for expensive medical treatment because of someone else’s negligence.