In medical terms, a concussion is a
brain injury that causes a temporary yet noticeable disruption or interruption of brain
functions, thought processes, and emotional control. The terminology is
a little bit vague because the science behind understanding brain injuries
and concussions is still developing. This brings up a great deal of questions
about concussions, many of which remained unanswered for those outside
the medical industry.
To hopefully help you understand the dangers of concussions and what you
can do if you have suffered one, our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys
at Laynas & Georges, P.C. have compiled a frequently asked question
(FAQ) list about concussion injuries. If you require a lawyer’s
advocacy or are looking for an answer to a question you do not see below,
you are encouraged to
contact us today.
What is the root cause for the majority of concussions, as we understand it?
A concussion is caused by the brain striking the inside of the skull due
to blunt force trauma or, as the name suggests, concussive blasts. Professional
athletes, especially football players, experience concussions at a higher
percentage ratio than most other people due to the physical violence related
to their profession. Soldiers are also susceptible to concussions if they
spend their days near high-power explosions.
Is unconsciousness required for a concussion to occur?
No. Most concussions actually occur without unconsciousness. This makes
it difficult to originally understand just how severe the head injury
is, as people may misbelieve that consciousness is a surefire sign of health.
What are common concussion symptoms?
A person who has suffered a concussion may experience migraines, confusion,
nausea, dizziness, and mood swings. Less frequently, a concussion will
cause blurred vision, hearing loss, vomiting, and memory loss.
How long can concussion symptoms last?
Headaches, sensitivity to loud noises or bright lights, waves of dizziness,
fatigue, and generalized amnesia will last about a week, perhaps a little
longer. Not treating the concussion immediately, or if the brain damage
was traumatic, the symptoms can last months.
Should you sleep with a concussion?
Yes and no – the science is still out on this one. If a patient
is experiencing extreme concussion symptoms, such as dilated pupils and
balance issues, they should be kept awake until they have been admitted
to a hospital or emergency room. If someone is in cognitive control of
themselves and can hold a conversation like normal, sleep may not be dangerous;
after all, since a concussion usually lasts for days, sleep is an inevitability.
The general consensus, however, is to not let someone fall asleep after
a head injury until they have been examined by a professional medical doctor.
Should an athlete be permitted to play after suffering a concussion?
No. Helmets are not enough to protect or stop secondary concussions. If
an athlete has suffered a head injury, they must be taken out of the game
immediately. Studies suggest that consecutive concussion injuries are
not additive but multiplicative instead, becoming significantly worse
with every one that occurs.
Are men more susceptible to getting concussions?
There is a myth that a man is more likely to get a concussion based on
his sex alone. This is untrue. The correlation may be linked to men more
frequently playing aggressive contact sports than women but this is not
a causation. Both men and women need to be careful when performing activities
that could cause a head injury.