Understanding Concussions and the Temporary and Long-Term Effects of Such Personal Injuries

Every day ordinary things such as driving a car, riding a bicycle, going to work, attending school, and playing a sport can result in a knock to the head. Although some head injuries are immediately found to be life-threatening, other head injuries such as concussions may be thought of as minor injuries, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Although there are varying degrees of severity within brain injuries—with traumatic brain injuries being the most severe—someone who suffers from a concussion is still suffering from a head injury that can alter one’s brain function. This is because whenever a blow to the head happens, the way the brain normally functions can be affected.

Concussions typically cause the following temporary symptoms:

  • Disorientation and confusion
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Swelling of the head and brain
  • Headaches
  • Moodiness and depression
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Brain bruising
  • Amnesia

Although these symptoms generally go away and most people return to themselves within several weeks or months, it doesn’t mean that the brain returns to normal. Many people who have suffered from concussions also suffer from some long-term effects. Sadly, concussions can change the way a brain functions for life. Some long-term changes following a concussion include:

  • Abnormal brain wave activity
  • Attention issues
  • Motor problems
  • Memory decline
  • Irritability

Because insurance companies generally treat concussion injury cases as minor injuries, it is important to not let them get away with this. While a concussion can appear invisible to an insurance adjuster, concussions can negatively impact victims’ lives for the long run. This is why concussions shouldn’t be taken lightly. Even when symptoms fade, a concussion can still mean suffering long-term effects, such as those listed above.

While some people may have temporary problems and return to themselves within several weeks or months, others who have suffered concussions may be affected physically, emotionally, and cognitively. Unfortunately, these long-term effects can make life more challenging. Although concussion symptoms can get better over time through treatment, the problems that concussions cause—even temporary symptoms—can negatively impact one’s life personally and professionally.

If you don’t feel like yourself following a concussion, it is possible that you are suffering from the long-term effects of this injury. Although rare, severe brain damage can also be the result of a concussion. Please don’t take your concussion injury claim lightly like the insurance adjuster wants you to. We can help you get the most compensation possible following any type of head injury. Call our experienced brain injury lawyers for a free evaluation today at (703) 591-0067.