The Real Devastation Behind Concussions
Concussions are traumatic brain injuries that can occur when someone hits their head or jolts their body in such a way as to transmit force to their brain. This causes the brain to actually slam into the inside of the skull.
Sadly, concussions are all too often the result of playground accidents, and can have absolutely devastating, ongoing impacts on those involved; for some children, this includes suffering from concussions very early on in life.
What Happens During & After A Concussion?
Scientists are still, to this day, trying to paint a full, complete picture of exactly what happens as a result of this trauma, however, we do know that a key feature involves the microscopic tearing of neural connections in the brain, which ultimately changes the way the brain works. When a part of the brain is damaged, messages try to find new pathways, which can then sap a significant amount of energy. Areas of the brain that aren’t normally involved in message transmission suddenly have to be, and more energy is needed to accomplish this.
It Happens At Home
While the focus of our concern over concussions has involved sports such as football, in fact, an estimated 80 percent of all concussions occur in other settings, such as at school, on the roads, at work, and/or at home. These incidents are under-reported and under-recognized, without our ability to recognize the symptoms often enough.
Experts focus on the “Big Five” signs of concussions in terms of detecting them, which can typically be observed at the time of impact in the head or body, and involve someone appearing confused, lying motionless, being slow to move, speak, and respond, and/or being wobbly on their feet.
Children, Adolescents, & Women Most Affected
Evidence suggests that adolescents, children, and women take longer to recover from concussions, and ongoing symptoms, in general, are important to look out for, otherwise known as “post-concussion syndrome,” which is estimated to affect between 20 and 50 percent of those who suffer a concussion. Children who are the victims of these accidents will frequently suffer concussions early on in life and end up with terrible symptoms, such as dizziness, difficulty with balance, fatigue, sensitivity to noise, attention deficit problems, difficulty sleeping, and more. Even a single and relatively minor knock can diminish an individual’s quality of life for months or even years. In fact, scientists and doctors cannot guarantee that those who suffer from concussions will be well one month afterward.
If You’ve Been Impacted By A Concussion, Contact A Las Vegas Injury Attorney Now
If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion due to someone else’s negligence, it is critical that you speak with a Las Vegas personal injury attorney right away in order to ensure that your right to recover is preserved. Cameron Law can help: Contact us today to schedule a free confidential consultation and find out more.