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There’s no easy way to answer a question about how long concussion symptoms will last. The initial signs of a concussion may occur close-in-time to the concussion itself and disappear soon after or linger for days, months, or even years. Injury severity is one of many factors that can influence how long symptoms will last.
Some other symptoms of a concussion are known to be secondary. Doctors know that many people regularly experience some headaches, for example, for days or weeks after a concussion.
Some people only have to live with the symptoms of a concussion for a few minutes or hours. Some people live with symptoms brought on by their concussions for years. There’s no right or wrong way for symptoms to present themselves.
At the end of the day, the best way to determine the severity and necessary treatment for your concussion is to consult with a medical professional.
Concussions are one of many forms of traumatic brain injury (TBI). While they may cause a wide variety of symptoms, they can always be traced back to the same initial problem: a short disruption of normal brain function.
TBIs are quite common and can have very serious consequences. Here are some statistics about TBIs:
Some concussion survivors live with long-term complications as a result of their brain injuries. There’s never a guarantee that someone will or will not experience long-term complications after a concussion. The best way to improve the odds of avoiding long-term complications following a concussion is to pursue immediate medical treatment.
Sometimes, this may help someone avoid lifelong symptoms after a concussion. But for others, long-term symptoms are unavoidable.
Some examples of long-term complications frequently associated with concussions include problems with:
Many people talk about sustaining a concussion and their experience immediately afterward, but not everyone understands that life after a concussion can look very different than life before the concussion. Many concussion survivors don’t talk about the experience of living beyond their accidents; in some cases, they may even face cognitive disabilities or physical limitations due to their injuries.
Always follow a medical professional’s advice when it comes to your health. If you have questions about what activities you should or shouldn’t engage in after a concussion, call your doctor for help.
Only medical experts can help someone determine whether their concussion symptoms are normal. If you have questions about how long your symptoms might last, consult your physician to find out what you should expect.
Don’t forget: Concussion symptoms can vary a lot in severity. And the length of time each person experiences symptoms can also look very different.
If you’re ever worried about your symptoms or feel like they’ve persisted for too long, don’t hesitate to contact a medical professional right away. At worst, they can give you some peace of mind; at best, your attention to detail and their response could save your life.
Sports, and contact sports in particular, are environments in which players are at serious risk of suffering concussions. Think of a hockey or football team.
Those players are:
Both professional and recreational athletes must understand the risks they face when they play. An increased risk of concussion shouldn’t preclude involvement in sports altogether, but it should help inform personal safety decisions.
Children are more likely to suffer from concussions than most adults. Their individual cognitive development patterns can also make diagnosis and treatment difficult. These two facts place kids at an increased risk of long-term consequences due to concussions. Children are more likely to sustain a concussion and less likely to receive timely treatment than adults.
There are some symptoms that parents should look out for if they suspect their child may have suffered a concussion, including:
Older adults face an increased risk of concussions, too. Seniors are also more likely to suffer complications after a concussion. If you believe that a senior is at risk of a concussion or may have sustained one already, it’s important to act quickly to protect their health.
Some elderly individuals have pre-existing health conditions that make it difficult to determine whether a concussion may have occurred; this is one reason why medical professionals recommend that older adults see a doctor after every fall. Blood thinners create additional risks if a concussion does occur, and many older people take blood thinners.
It’s true, concussions don’t require a direct head impact. Even though concussions are caused by the victim’s brain moving around inside their skull, impact to the head does not actually need to happen to cause a concussion. Any bump, blow, or jolt can create enough force to cause a concussion. Some people receive concussions in tandem with seemingly “minor” injuries like whiplash.
Concussion recovery is easy.
CT-scans and MRIs prove someone has sustained a concussion.
People lose consciousness when they suffer concussions.
Many people who experience concussions receive some other injuries in the same accident. Some examples of these include:
The unfortunate truth is that someone can suffer a concussion in almost any circumstance. Even a small bump to the head has the potential to cause a person’s brain to move around inside of their skull.
We can trace many concussions back to a negligent, reckless, or deliberate act. Incidents like these may include:
If you or someone you love suffered a concussion under one of the above circumstances, or you otherwise believe someone else was at fault for the injury, contact a brain injury attorney to learn more about whether you may be eligible to pursue compensation through a brain injury claim.
Every brain injury case is unique, and the damages the victim can seek depend on the facts of the case.
Some damages that concussion survivors frequently seek include:
If you or someone you love has suffered a concussion, you can seek legal help from a qualified brain injury attorney. Brain injury lawyers work to help their clients prove their injury and pursue compensation.
Partnering with a brain injury lawyer to help with your concussion case means that you can count on your attorney to:
Many people have questions about when it might be the right time to contact a brain injury attorney after a concussion.
We recommend that anyone who has suffered a brain injury speak with an attorney to protect their rights, but you should really consider finding a lawyer if:
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