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Concussion

Approximately 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are reported annually in the United States; of these, about 75%, over 1.2 million, are mild TBI – Concussions. In most cases, patients fully recover from concussions, but they are a serious injury nevertheless. Every concussion brings the risk of permanent impact on the person’s physical, psychological and cognitive function as well as short-term memory loss.

What is a concussion?

A concussion is temporary loss of brain function to do head trauma. The brain is soft, like gelatin. When something suddenly causes the head to jerk back and forth or side to side, or to stop moving very suddenly, the brain may hit the bone inside the skull. Some brain function is temporarily lost when this occurs; sometimes just for a moment, sometimes for longer periods. There is also the possibility of bleeding or swelling, either of which puts pressure on the brain and could be fatal. If you suspect that you or someone near you has a concussion, seek medical help immediately.

What are the Causes?

Generally, concussions are caused by blows to the head or sudden movements of the skull as in a whiplash motion of the head. Many concussions occur while playing contact sports. Another common cause of concussion is accidents. If you or a family member have suffered a concussion in an accident, speak with a Denver brain injury attorney to discuss your options. Concussion symptoms sometimes take time to present themselves, so you may need help negotiating with your insurance company.

How Do I Recognize A Concussion?

The most common symptoms of concussion include headaches, disorientation, nausea, short term memory loss, trouble with vision, and occasionally loss of consciousness. Additionally, there can be emotional issues such as sadness or anxiety. If you see feel these symptoms in yourself or see them in someone around you after an event that involved a blow to the head, seek emergency medical care. Remember, most people recover from concussions but they can be life-threatening.

What should I do now?

For any brain injury, the importance of immediate medical care cannot be overstated. If the person has had concussions in the past, medical care becomes even more critical because the cumulative effect of multiple concussions can be devastating. If you or your loved one has suffered a concussion in an accident, once your health is secure, speak with an experienced Denver brain injury attorney. An attorney can file disability claims, negotiate with your insurance company, and assess negligence in the accident. If appropriate, a brain injury lawyer will take legal action against the negligent party. The Law Firm of Fuicelli and Lee features Denver brain injury attorneys who are dedicated to protecting the safety and security of their clients. For more information, and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Fuicelli and Lee, PC at (303) 355-7202.

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