Concussion injuries are severe and may cause serious complications. They
are also fairly common consequences to
head injuries, a condition that no one is immune to. In order to help prevent concussion
injuries, or treat them after they occur, it is important for everyone
to know a few key things about them. Please refer to our concussion FAQ
below for useful information.
If you have already suffered a concussion, seek medical attention immediately.
If you have done so and are resting, you should be considering whether
or not you can file a lawsuit against the party that caused your concussion. Call
888.694.0174 to connect with Morris, Cary, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC. You
can learn more about your legal options during a
free initial consultation with our Dothan brain injury lawyers.
Frequently Asked Questions About Concussions
Can I fall asleep if I have a concussion?
Most people believe that if you fall asleep with a concussion, it could
be fatal. They are not necessarily wrong but this is not a guarantee.
If you have a concussion but have kept most of your motor and cognitive
abilities, you are probably safe to fall asleep. If someone with a concussion
is in a stupor or has noticeable memory loss, they should not be allowed
to sleep. You should always err on the side of caution and see a medical
examiner first before sleeping after a head injury, even if you think
it was minor.
How long do concussion symptoms last?
The reason you can fall asleep with a concussion is because, in many cases,
you must. Concussion symptoms can persist for five to seven days, on average,
meaning at some point you will need to sleep despite the head injury.
If the concussion was severe, the symptoms can last up to a month. Schedule
regular checkups to ensure your condition is not worsening.
What are concussion symptoms?
A mild concussion can cause dizziness, headaches, sensitivity to sound
or bright lights, slurred speech, and trouble remembering things. A severe
concussion can cause the victim to vomit, bleed from the ears or nose,
experience amnesia, lose balance, and go into emotional mood swings. Emergency
medical attention is required in the case of a severe concussion, and
you should not delay in seeking help for a mild concussion either.
What causes a concussion?
Any sort of head injury can cause a concussion but typically a sudden
and violent blow to the head is the source. Concussive blasts caused by
explosions may also cause a person to become concussed. Research indicated
that a concussion is caused by the brain rocking against the inside wall
of the skull.
If I am not rendered unconscious from my head injury, could I still have
Yes. Unconsciousness is usually only caused by a severe blow to the lower
brain stem or the occipital lobe. Concussions often do not affect these
portions of the brain due to their positioning in the skull, and, therefore,
most people who have concussions are never actually knocked unconscious
at the time.
Are multiple concussions more dangerous than just one?
Damage caused by concussions is multiplicative, meaning each one will
be worsened by the number of previous concussions a victim has experienced.
In other words, having two concussions does not do twice the damage to
your brain but four times or worse instead. Soldiers who are concussed
by nearby explosions should be immediately withdrawn, and athletes who
are concussed from physical contact should be immediately removed from the game.