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Concussion Concerns Go Beyond Football

Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Dec 14, 2016 in Personal Injury

x-rays showing brain injuryMuch attention has been focused on the risks of concussions in sports, especially football. Some have even called for a ban of the sport, as noted in a recently published discussion between doctors in the Journal of Pediatrics.

However, although closed head injuries like concussions are common in sports, it is important to note that these types of injuries can occur in a wide variety of situations, including:

  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Medical malpractice

These injuries can cause severe, long-lasting health problems. That is why you need to learn the signs of a concussion or other closed head injuries so you can seek medical treatment for yourself or a loved one if you think an injury has occurred.

Concussions and Closed Head Injuries

Concussions are a common type of closed head injury, which occurs when a person sustains a blow to the head that does not fracture or displace the skull.

The brain swells but has no room to expand, resulting in intracranial pressure and compression of brain tissue. Sometimes the brain expands through the eye sockets, impairing vision and causing the pupils to dilate.

If a closed head injury causes a concussion, the victim could lose consciousness for up to 20 minutes. However, some people sustain concussions without losing consciousness, instead they feel dazed.

A concussion may cause damage to cranial nerves and can stretch blood vessels in the brain. Unfortunately, damage from a concussion could take months or years to heal or it could be permanent.

Responding to a Closed Head Injury

If you have the slightest suspicion that a closed head injury has occurred, seek medical treatment immediately. The sooner you seek treatment, the better your chances of preventing further injuries and improving your long-term prognosis.

When the injury has been stabilized, contact our Connecticut personal injury lawyers to discuss what happened. Some injuries truly are accidents, but many others were caused by someone else's negligent, reckless or intentional actions.

We may be able to obtain compensation for medical treatment and other damages caused by the injury, including pain and suffering, lost wages from missed time at work, physical therapy, and rehabilitation.

We know how to thoroughly investigate your situation to find out if and when negligence occurred. We can gather the evidence you need to build a strong case that offers you a good chance of success.

Insurance companies and lawyers for the defense are interested only in avoiding liability for negligent actions. Our personal injury attorneys are focused on protecting your rights and obtaining fair compensation.

Contact us today for a free consultation. Call (866) 848-7077.