Causes of Concussions
Recent news reports have highlighted the increased attention that is being given to the causes, symptoms, and complications caused by concussions. A recent CDC report indicates that, in 2010, concussions resulted in almost 2.5 million hospital visits and in more than 50,000 deaths.1
Concussion symptoms are not always easily identified. In fact, concussion victims may not be aware that they have suffered a concussion because its symptoms are so mild and because the victim did not lose consciousness. However, a concussion can impact an individual’s concentration, mood, and ability to sleep. Some of the more severe symptoms can include vomiting, seizures, and worsening headaches.
A concussion2 occurs when the brain impacts the skull. Because the brain is made of soft tissue, this impact can result in bruising of the tissue as well as the damage of blood vessels. Despite awareness of how a brain can suffer a concussion, the causes of concussions are endless. Some of the more common causes of concussions include:
A lot of attention given to concussions can be attributed to the growing discussion of their connections to sports-related injuries. Contact sports leave athletes exposed to head trauma. This is true even in sports, like football, which requires protective headgear. Headgear, while it provides protection to its users, does not completely shield the user from potential injury. Other factors, including the behavior of other participants and defective equipment, can lead to concussions. Although participants assume some risk of injury when playing sports, especially contact sports, the extent and risk of injury should not be unreasonable. Overly aggressive participants, faulty equipment, and poor trainer-led concussion screenings can cause serious injuries with lasting complications.
Car accidents are another common cause of concussions. Car accidents can cause concussions in a variety of ways. For example, an individual’s head may strike some part of the car, whether a window or a part of the interior, whenever he or she is in a crash. This impact can seriously injure the brain, especially if it occurs at a high velocity. An individual may also suffer a concussion even if his or her head does not strike anything. In fact, the mere “whiplash” motion can jostle the brain inside the skull, and this alone can cause a concussion.
The carelessness of a property owner can lead to a concussion. Individuals may slip and fall, either on public or private property, as a result of another’s negligence. Usually caused by an avoidable hazard, slip and fall cases can cause a victim to strike their head on the floor or on some other object. The impact from this fall can cause a concussion in addition to other serious injuries. Victims should be able to recover compensation for those injuries caused by another’s negligence.
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Concussions are a serious matter. Concussions, which can range from mild to severe, may have lasting complications. Therefore, it should be a priority to minimize or avoid causes of concussions. This is not always the possible, however, and sometimes concussions are inevitable.
If you have suffered a concussion, especially because of another person’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the experienced brain injury attorneys at Dolman Law Group to discuss your rights. Our attorneys will review your case and work to earn you the compensation you deserve. Schedule your consultation by either visiting our website or calling 727-451-6900 today.
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