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Look out for the symptoms of a concussion

In the last decade, you’ve probably noticed hearing a lot more about concussions in relation to sports injuries. In our practice, many of the victims we represent have received concussion and/or post-concussion syndrome diagnoses’ following motor vehicle accidents.

Concussions are the result of the brain shifting within the skull. This can be caused from direct impact to the head, or an acceleration-deceleration injury (whiplash). Concussions can occur without loss of consciousness. The recent growth in the amount of research on concussions (medically known as mild traumatic brain injuries) has been crucial to the diagnosis and treatment of concussions.

The impacts of a concussion and length of treatment varies from person-to-person and is known to impact men and women differently. It’s important to recognize the signs of a concussion to ensure you receive early and proper treatment. Symptoms to look out for include:

– headache
– ringing in ears
– nausea/vomiting
– dizziness/vertigo
– fatigue or drowsiness
– blurry vision and/or sensitivity to light
– memory loss, confusion or feeling “brain fog”

More information on concussions can be found here:

If you or someone you know has been in a motor vehicle accident, it is important that you look out for the symptoms of a concussion. If you are experiencing symptoms that may signal a concussion, be sure to report it as soon as possible to your physician who is trained to investigate, diagnose, and treat.

Correia & Collins represents accident and injury victims. Contact us by phone at 506-648-1700 or online for advice. Your first consultation is free.