Recognizing the Signs of a Concussion



Recognizing the Signs of a ConcussionWhile concussions are one of the most common traumatic brain injuries that a person can sustain, they are often difficult to self-diagnose. This is because concussions can vary in degree of severity, and, consequently, they can present a wide array of symptoms. Accordingly, we have compiled a list of telltale symptoms of concussions to better help you determine whether you or a loved one is currently suffering from this type of traumatic brain injury.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Concussions

Whether you were injured in a car accident, a slip & fall accident, or some other type of accident, it is possible that you suffered significant head trauma. These are some of the most common symptoms of concussions suffered by individuals in accidents in New Jersey:

Headaches or Feelings of Pressure: Whether you sustain only a mild concussion or you suffer a severe one, chronic headaches or a feeling of pressure in your head is one of the most common symptoms of a concussion. However, because headaches or a feeling of pressure in the head can be a symptom of a variety of health conditions or issues, you should be wary of diagnosing yourself with a concussion unless it is paired with additional concussion symptoms. Nevertheless, if you do experience chronic headaches or a feeling of pressure for a period of 24 hours or longer, it is advisable to seek medical attention for a proper diagnosis of your condition.
Nausea or Vomiting: Again, while this may be a symptom for a variety of different health conditions, a common sign that you may have a concussion is if you experience nausea or if you begin to vomit repeatedly. Like many concussive symptoms, nausea or vomiting may occur immediately after you sustain injury to your head, or the symptom may develop hours after you sustain the injury. For this reason, it is important to seek medical attention if you suffer trauma to your head and then start to experience this symptom, even hours after the head trauma occurred.

Confusion, Lack of Concentration, or Memory Loss: Because concussions are the result of injury to the brain, it is common for cognitive functioning to be impaired in certain ways when you sustain such an injury. Inability to concentrate on tasks, confusion, and short-term memory loss, i.e. feelings of amnesia, are all types of cognitive impairment that you may experience if you sustain a concussion. While these types of cognitive impairment are, for the most part, temporary, about 20 percent of people who suffer concussions experience confusion, lack of concentration, memory loss, or any combination of the three symptoms for up to six weeks after the injury is initially sustained.

Sluggishness, Dizziness, Blurred Vision, Slurred Speech, and Ringing of Ears: In addition to causing impaired cognitive functioning, concussions may also manifest physical symptoms, including sluggishness, dizziness, blurred vision, slurred speech, and ringing of the ears. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is advisable that you seek medical attention to obtain a proper diagnosis of your condition.

Temporary Loss of Consciousness: In more extreme cases, those who experience concussions may experience temporary loss of consciousness at the time of the injury. While this is a telltale sign of a more severe concussion, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 90% of all diagnosed concussions do not involve loss of consciousness. Consequently, while experiencing this symptom might help you better determine whether you have sustained a concussion, you must not discount the notion that you have suffered a concussion if you do not experience this specific symptom.

Contact Our Experienced Florham Park Personal Injury Attorneys About Your Concussion Case

If you or a loved one has sustained a concussion due to being injured in a slip and fall accident or a motor vehicle accident in Parsippany, Mount Olive, Morristown, Rockaway, or anywhere else in New Jersey, you should find out if our experienced NJ personal injury attorneys can help you to obtain the compensation you need to recover from your concussion. Contact the attorneys of McHugh & Imbornone, P.A. today by calling (973) 966-1520 or emailing to schedule a free consultation concerning your legal rights and options. We have an office located at 29 Columbia Turnpike # 101, Florham Park, NJ 07932.

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