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What Are the Warning Signs of a Concussion?

May 26, 2022Blog,Brain Injury

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that occurs when a person suffers a hard hit or blow to the head. It is commonly seen in motor vehicle accidents or high contact sports like football or hockey. After a concussion, it is critical to seek medical care as soon as possible to prevent long-term complications. Here are the common warning signs of a concussion to be aware of and look out for. 

Emergency Symptoms of a Concussion

When you or a loved one presents these symptoms of a concussion, immediately take them to the emergency room. 

  • Any loss of consciousness, even if less than a minute 
  • Extreme head pain 
  • Mental confusion 
  • Unable to speak clearly 
  • Lightheaded or dizzy (unable to stand up and walk in a straight line) 
  • Clumsiness
  • Repeated nausea with or without vomiting 
  • An abnormally enlarged pupil
  • Seizures or convulsions (shaking or twitching)
  • Unusual behavior, such as increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation.

Delayed Symptoms of a Concussion

In some cases, symptoms of a concussion can take time to appear after an accident. If you begin to notice any of these warning signs, seek medical care as soon as possible. 

  • Headache that will not go away 
  • Difficulty concentrating on work or at school
  • Unable to remember things you usually would remember
  • Excessive fatigue 
  • Excessive moodiness
  • Abnormal sleep patterns: sleeping more than average or insomnia
  • Unusual lack of coordination 
  • Vision problems
  • Sensitivity to light

Warning Signs of a Concussion in Children

Young children cannot always tell you how they feel, so recognizing a concussion can be challenging. Common warning signs include: 

  • Excessive crying
  • Dazed appearance
  • Change in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Listlessness and tiring easily
  • Irritability and crankiness
  • Loss of balance and unsteady walking
  • Lack of interest in favorite toys
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures

How to Prevent a Concussion 

The best way to prevent a concussion is to try and avoid the risk of a head injury. For example, you can: 

  • Wear a seat belt when traveling in a vehicle and ensure children are in age-appropriate car or booster seats.
  • Before riding a motorcycle, bicycling, skating, skateboarding, or participating in high-contact sports, always put on a helmet.
  • Wear a hard hat when appropriate. For example, if you work in construction or are completing a project on your home.
  • Install slip and fall prevention surfaces or devices on the stairs, railings, and floors in your home.

If you have already suffered a concussion, it is vital to take steps to prevent a re-injury:

  • Get plenty of sleep and rest.
  • Wait until your healthcare provider clears you to drive.
  • Keep track of any new symptoms and report them to your doctor.
  • Wait until your doctor clears you to participate in sports-related activities.
  • When taking children to playgrounds, visit ones that have soft surfaces if possible. Additionally, block off areas or install safety devices in your home where a child could fall.

Unfortunately, there is no specific cure for a concussion. There is only treatment for symptoms, and it will take time for your body to recover. If you suffer a head injury due to someone else’s actions, the Fresno brain injury attorneys at the Freedman Law firm can help. Call (559) 447-9000 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced lawyers.