(On Behalf of Gibby Andry Law, New Orleans, LA)
Did you know that some concussions can be classified as traumatic brain injuries? Thatâ€™s right â€“ a traumatic brain injury!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.7 million people receive traumatic brain injuries each year. About 75% of those are concussions or other mild brain injuries.
Whatâ€™s to blame?
You may have guessed that motor vehicle accidents account for many concussions. Many of those accidents can be avoided by simply obeying the laws and speed limits, refusing to text and drive, and avoiding driving while under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or lack of sleep.
You may not have realized that common activities like football, baseball, soccer, skateboarding, riding bikes, playing on the playground, being involved in a fight or a fall are some of the other major culprits. Be sure to wear the protective safety gear and helmets. Prevention is key!
Itâ€™s just a bump!
Is it just a bump? Has your child suffered a bump or blow to the head recently? If it shook the head hard enough, he or she could have received a concussion. Look for these classic symptoms:
- Memory Loss
- Slurred Speech
- Nausea or Vomiting
Most think those who have suffered a concussion will lose consciousness, but this is not always the case. In fact, many with a potential traumatic brain injury may not even realize it. The symptoms may not present themselves until weeks later. While it is true that the severity is usually determined by how long the symptoms continue, it is best to get to the doctor sooner rather than later.
Give it time.
The brain needs time to heal. Donâ€™t rush back to normal activities, whether it is school or work, and do not return to physical activities, driving, or operating any type of heavy machinery. Recovery typically takes a couple of weeks. Most concussions heal quickly and completely but some can be severe and may put you at further risk. Itâ€™s best to wait for a full recovery and get a doctorâ€™s release before returning to normal activities.
If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion or other traumatic brain injury as the result of someone elseâ€™s carelessness or negligence, call me at (888) 696-6049Â The Gibby Andry Law Firm located in New Orleans, Louisiana, has extensive experience handling cases involving traumatic brain injuries. Let us get to work on getting you and your family the compensation you deserve.