How to Recognize a Concussion

Jan 16, 2018 Ohio Personal Injury

Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC

If you or a loved one were in an accident, it is important to be able to recognize a concussion, which is a minor traumatic brain injury. At first glance, you might think you, your friend, or your relative is fine. However, in the hours or days following the accident, you may begin to notice signs that something is not quite right.

If you or a loved one may have suffered a concussion, it is important to go to the doctor for a thorough exam and treatment recommendations.

Next, you should speak with an attorney about your legal options. If your accident and concussion were the result of another person’s carelessness, recklessness, failure to act, or intentional misbehavior, then you should hold that person responsible. With the help of an Ohio brain injury attorney from Kisling, Nestico & Redick, you can demand the compensation you are entitled to under the law.

Call us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule a free consultation.

Symptoms of a Concussion in Adolescents and Adults

If you are concerned a teenager or adult has a concussion, consider if they are experiencing one or more of the following:

  • Suffering a blow to the head, such as in a car accident, football game, or hard fall
  • Losing consciousness for a brief period of time
  • Headaches
  • Exhibiting confusion or appearing dazed
  • Having a hard time concentrating or thinking
  • Having a hard time remembering things, particularly new information
  • Feeling abnormally tired
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Having balance issues
  • Hearing a ringing in their ears
  • Feeling nauseated or throwing up
  • Slurring words
  • Exhibiting delayed responses during conversation
  • Being sensitive to light or sound
  • Losing their sense of taste or smell
  • Experiencing sleep problems
  • Experiencing personality changes
  • Dealing with psychological issues, such as anxiety or depression

People who have suffered a concussion may not exhibit all of these signs or any of them to a significant degree. If at any time you are concerned that you or someone you love has a concussion, you should go see a doctor immediately.

Signs of a Concussion in Young Children

Children may not exhibit symptoms of a concussion the same as someone who is fully developed, has a better understanding of their body, and who has a better command of language to describe what they feel. They can exhibit any of the symptoms listed above, however they may not show any of those signs. As a parent, you need to know how concussions could appear in kids. Children with concussions may:

  • Get tired easily
  • Appear listless
  • Appear dazed
  • Be more irritable than usual
  • Be unsteady while walking
  • Lose their balance easily
  • Refuse to nurse or eat
  • Have a hard time falling or staying asleep
  • Lose interest in their favorite toys
  • Cry a lot

Did You Suffer a Concussion in an Accident?

If you or a loved one suffered a concussion in an accident caused by someone else, call us at Kisling, Nestico & Redick. A concussion is not an injury to ignore. It can force you to miss school or work, avoid physical activity, and change your lifestyle for months. It can also require medical treatment to mitigate the symptoms. All of these factors are damages that you deserve to be compensated for by the person who caused the concussion.

We will review your situation and explain the process for bringing a personal injury claim. In many cases, you will focus on negotiating an acceptable settlement with an insurer. However, if this is not available, we will represent you during a personal injury lawsuit.

Call us at 1-800-HURT-NOW to discuss your rights and options after suffering a concussion in an accident during a risk free consultation.