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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Personal Injury Law: What to do if you Suspect a Concussion Personal Injury

Concussions are medically classified as a “mild form of traumatic brain injury.” And while concussions are not often life threatening, the media is raising awareness of how the injury can negatively affect the victim’s quality of life in a drastic way.

Football and other contact sports are often cited in headlines as common causes for concussions. Other frequent causes of concussions include falls, car wrecks, assaults and unintentionally being hit by a heavy object. A single heavy blow can cause a concussion, as well as the head moving rapidly back and forth. As a personal injury attorney located in Stockbridge, Georgia and serving the greater Henry County and Atlanta areas, I am working to raise awareness of the symptoms commonly related to concussions and encourage anyone who suspects a concussion to immediately seek medical attention.

Symptoms of a Concussion

Some victims report temporarily becoming “knocked out,” although the Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that most concussions do not result in a loss of consciousness. Other immediate symptoms may include:
-confusion
-headache
-light sensitivity
-slurred speech
-inability to recall the events leading up to the impact
-unusual behavior, such as agitation or inability to recognize someone
-physical changes to facial features or head (such as one pupil dilated
more than the other)

What to do if you Suspect a Concussion

It is important to seek medical attention immediately for your personal health, as well as to identify a cause and effect relationship between the event that caused the impact and the injury.

A doctor will conduct tests to determine whether or not you have suffered a concussion, and may pinpoint problems that could lead to larger health issues, such as blood clots caused by the blow or certain medications that would contribute to higher risk of internal bleeding. Groups at higher risk for concussions include children, teens and older adults.

You may be kept for observation or sent home with instruction for home-care. Some symptoms are resolved within days and do not have a long-term impact on the victim’s life. However, there is a risk that the affects of a severe concussion can linger for weeks, months or longer.

If you were involved in an accident that caused a concussion or other injury and need help with your claim, email attorney John Webb at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864. Smith, Welch, Webb and White
is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. We have investigated hundreds of automobile collisions and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for injured clients and families of those killed in wrongful death accidents. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

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