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Recognizing and handling the symptoms of a concussion-Part II

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A head injury that leads to a life-threatening concussion was the reason behind the much-publicized lawsuit that former athletes filed against the National Football League. Since then, many people in Roanoke, Virginia, and in the rest of the country have become more aware of concussions. Unfortunately, many people are still unable to recognize the symptoms of a concussion, mainly because the symptoms are either too subtle or they appear after a long time and people ignore them because they do not understand what they are looking at.

However, as discussed in an earlier blog post, if a person has adequate knowledge about concussions, that person may be able to check its progress and take action at the right time. For example, after an adult suffers a concussion, it is common for the blood to form clots against the skull around the brain. In such cases, the person who suffered the concussion often experiences headaches that worsen day by day or the person will experience weakness, numbness or a lack of coordination between the various parts of the body. Additionally, that person may repeatedly vomit or display signs of nausea or talk strangely.

If a person who has suffered a concussion is unable to identify the symptoms and a family member, friend or caregiver notices those, the first step that the family should take is to contact the hospital. Some of the symptoms that should trigger such action include untimely drowsiness, unnaturally dilated pupils, seizures, convulsions, an inability to recognize familiar people or places, restlessness and confused appearance, unusual behavior or sudden loss of consciousness.

A concussion, which is technically a brain injury, is often caused by a traumatic blow to the head of the victim. While such blows can be purely accidental and no person is at fault, a large number of concussions are results of accidents where another person is liable. In such cases, the victim may consider retaining an attorney in order to take legal action, if necessary. However, that should be the victim's priority only after that victim, or the victim's family members, have sought the necessary medical attention.

Source: CDC.gov, "Concussion," Accessed on Aug. 3, 2015

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