The Dangers of Mild Concussions

Mild concussions are some of the least serious traumatic brain injuries (TBI) a person can sustain. They are usually caused by a glancing or angular hit to the head or other trauma involving the brain being violently shaken. Most often, they are considered functional injuries, which means they affect the biochemical processes of the brain. They can often also change brain function temporarily.

The danger lies in the symptoms and the repetition of a similar injury. Signs of mild concussions may not show up for several hours or several days after an injury. The symptoms can also cause headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, fatigue, irritability, sensitivity to light, problems sleeping, depression, sensitivity to noise, or changes in taste and smell. While these symptoms can’t do much harm, they can cause a significant amount of distraction. For example, driving with a mild concussion may be dangerous because one of these symptoms could distract you enough to cause an accident or make a poor decision.

Related to this is the likelihood that you are more likely to sustain another concussion compared to someone who has never experienced one before. If you haven’t fully recovered from the first injury, a second one could cause second-impact syndrome (SIS), which happens when the brain swells rapidly and catastrophically. The condition is often fatal, and those who are not killed can be severely disabled by the damage. The cause of the condition is uncertain, but doctors theorize the brain’s arterioles lose the ability to regulate their diameter and lose control over cerebral blood flow. The second concussion could, therefore, cause a massive cerebral edema (or accumulation of extra fluid in the spaces of the brain).

If you’ve sustained a bump to the head, the safest thing to do is to get the injury examined by an experienced medical professional. Your doctor may conduct neurological, cognitive, or imaging tests to determine whether or not your brain has sustained severe damage after an accident. This medical testing may not only save your life, but it can also be used later in court or in negotiations if you decide to pursue legal compensation for your injury.

Medical treatment is expensive. If your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s carelessness. Contact one of our experienced San Francisco personal injury attorneys at Scarlett Law Group. Our firm is a national law office specializing in the trial and resolution of civil actions. For the past 20 years, our founding attorney, Randall H. Scarlett, has also been a principal sponsor and serves as Seminar Director for the Brain Injury Association of California’s renowned Medical/Legal Educational Conference. He understands the trauma and associated costs of treating a brain injury. Our skilled attorneys are devoted to helping people obtain compensation for their wounds. Let us see what we can do for you. Contact us at (415) 688-2176 or fill out our online form to schedule a case consultation today.

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