Concussions are closed-head injuries that tend to rattle the brain around the skull cavity. Though they are not considered to be life-threatening injuries, concussions still cause minor trauma to the brain and can therefore be quite damaging. Depending on the severity of the situation, a concussion victim may experience changes in his or her physical and cognitive abilities. And when someone sustains multiple concussions in his or her lifetime, he or she may suffer significant and even disabling long-term effects.
Common Concussion Causes
Concussions typically result from impact injuries to the head. When a sharp and sudden blow hits the cranium, the brain is essentially jostled about and can bump up against the inside of the skull. This rough movement can cause bruising of, and therefore temporary damage to, the brain.
Some of the most common concussion-causing injuries include the following:
- Car wrecks
- Bicycle accidents
- Sports injuries
- Falling objects
- Slip and fall injuries
If you have suffered a concussion as the result of another person’s negligence or malicious intent, then you may have the right to claim damages.
Depending on the seriousness of your concussion, you may experience different symptoms of this injury. Victims most commonly experience headaches, but they can also suffer nausea and vomiting, dizziness, confusion, loss of coordination or balance, blurred vision, memory loss, fatigue, and slurred speech. When these symptoms persist, or if you suffer some type of sensory loss, then you should seek immediate medical attention.
If you or someone you love has suffered a concussion as the result of another party’s negligence, then you may have the right to seek compensation. The New York City personal injury lawyers of Orlow, Orlow & Orlow, P.C. can help you determine your legal rights and options.