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5 Things to Know About Concussions

Concussions are an extremely common type of injury in the United States. Concussions are actually a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI is a major cause of death and disability in the United States. Each day, around 153 people in the country die from injuries that include TBI. Here are a few useful facts to know about one of the most common and mildest forms of TBI.

1. Most Accidents Can Cause Concussions

While the skull may protect the brain from the most severe kinds of injuries, there is only a thin layer of fluid separating the hard surface of the bone from the soft tissue of the brain. If something shakes your head enough or causes a back-and-forth motion with your skull, the soft tissues of the brain will take damage from the skull. This is what causes concussions.

2. Signs of Concussions Aren’t Obvious

Because your brain can be injured while your skull and skin remain intact, sometimes it can be difficult to tell if someone is concussed after an accident. This type of damage is called a closed-head injury and can be deadly if not treated by a medical professional. Likewise, they can cause strange symptoms, such as sadness, tingling, trouble falling asleep, and repeating questions.

3. Repeated Concussions Can Lead to Larger Issues

While one concussion may not completely ruin your health, studies have shown that a second concussion sustained before the first one heals could cause Second Impact Syndrome (SIS). SIS could cause brain swelling, herniation, and even death. Likewise, multiple concussions sustained over the course of, for example, an athletic career could lead to long-term issues such as chronic encephalopathy, depression, memory loss, and reduced mental processing speed.

4. Athletes Suffer an Extreme Amount of Concussions

Even good padding doesn’t prevent athletes from sustaining concussions. According to current research, about 1.6 to 3.8 million recreational and sport-related concussions occur each year in the United States. Additionally, about 40% of athletes return to play sooner than guidelines suggest, which puts them at risk of incurring further brain damage. Additionally, most sport-related concussions occur without a loss of consciousness, so coaches and teammates may not notice a player has a concussion until further damage has been done. Research also suggests that after suffering a concussion, an athlete is 3 to 6 times more likely to suffer another concussion compared to a player who has never experienced one before.

5. Kids Require More Time to Recover

Human brains continue to develop from infancy to about 25 years of age. If a child sustains a concussion or other TBI, they require more time to recover because their brains are still actively developing. While their brains are resilient and don’t require complete inactivity, research shows that they can take longer to recover from a concussion than an adult who suffers a comparable injury. They may need more time for healing after obtaining a sports injury than a fully grown athlete, although they may be reluctant to take an extended period of time off away from a sport they might love.

If you sustained a concussion because of someone else’s negligence, make sure you’re compensated. Medical bills can be costly, and if they were caused by the carelessness of another person, you shouldn’t be saddled with them. Contact our experienced Denver personal injury attorneys. At Jordan Law, we strive to provide the best legal representation possible for our clients. Let us see how we can best help you. Call us at (720) 897-7010 or fill out our online form to schedule a case consultation today.

Categories: Brain Injuries