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What are the effects of concussions and how can they be recognized?

Concussions, though often considered mild traumatic brain injuries, warrant serious attention due to their potential lasting impact. A concussion is a brain injury caused by a sudden blow or jolt to the head, leading to the brain’s rapid movement in the skull. Doctors now agree that a patient can suffer a concussion without hitting their head or being knocked unconscious. Whiplash can cause rapid brain movement which can result in a concussion.

Recognizing the symptoms of a concussion is crucial. These may include headaches, dizziness, confusion, nausea, sensitivity to light or noise, and difficulty concentrating.

Symptoms of a concussion may not always show immediately after an accident, sometimes they do not arise for several hours or days after the injury.

The lasting impact of a concussion varies from person to person. While many recover relatively quickly, some may experience persistent symptoms known as post-concussion syndrome (“PCCS”). This can lead to prolonged headaches, memory issues, difficulty concentrating, and impacts to daily life, work, and other activities.

If you’ve had a concussion from a motor vehicle accident, please contact Correia & Collins. Correia & Collins represents accident and injury victims. Contact us by phone at 506-648-1700 or online for advice. Your first consultation is free.