Leading Causes of Concussions

Posted By Shea & Shea - A Professional Law Corporation || 12-Aug-2016

brain scanWhile any type of injury can be considered serious, there are some that can be more debilitating than others. One of these types of injuries is a traumatic brain injury, such as a concussion. These types of injuries can be quite serious, with symptoms that vary depending on the severity of the injury. In some cases, it can take anywhere from a few months up to a few years for a concussion to completely heal. It is important that individuals know some of the most common causes of concussions so they can help prevent serious harm and protect themselves accordingly.

Sports

Concussions are often the result of a trauma sustained during a contact sport. For instance, football or hockey requires players to wear helmets for this exact reason. Any trauma to the head during these sports can result in a concussion despite the addition of the helmet. There are ongoing efforts by companies to make even safer helmets that can withstand the collisions these players endure, but in the meantime, the potential risk of concussion in these sports is relatively high. Some sports — such as wrestling or soccer — don’t even require helmets, leaving the participants susceptible to serious injury. There are even studies that suggest that repeated concussions could cause permanent degenerative brain disease.

Car Crashes

Car collisions can often cause the parties to hit their heads on the steering wheel, dashboard, or windows. Due to the impact of the crash, the head can sustain serious trauma, which can result in a concussion. The use of a seatbelt can help limit the impact and movement forward. Even collisions at relatively low speeds have the potential to cause injury if the victim hits their head.

Falls

Whether a person slips on a wet floor, falls from a high area on a construction site, or trips on a carpet and falls, if they make impact on their head, they can sustain a concussion resulting in damage to the cells and nerves. Unfortunately, there are many situations in which these types of falls can happen. Often, they occur while a person is on the job.

In any case, a concussion is the result of any type of trauma to the brain caused by a physical impact, or by the sudden change in movement or momentum (such as whiplash). This means direct blows to the head, gunshot wounds, or violent shaking of the head can all cause a concussion. In some cases, a concussion injury may not show up on a CAT scan or other imaging test, so the symptoms may be the only way to diagnose it. If you are experiencing the following symptoms after an accident, you should immediately seek medical attention:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Slurred speech
  • Fatigue
  • Delayed response to questions
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Difficulty concentrating

Call a San Jose Brain Injury Attorney

When you or someone you love sustains a brain injury caused by the negligent actions of someone else, you have a right to pursue compensation. At Shea & Shea – A Professional Law Corporation, our San Jose brain injury lawyers make it a point to stand by your side through the entire process, protecting your best interests at every turn. We know how important it is to obtain justice, as well as seek compensation for the expenses associated with the injury. This is a sensitive situation. Let our team stand by your side and help you reach the favorable outcome you desire.

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