Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussions

By Hardin Ramey on February 14, 2019

Brain and head x-raysIf you have been involved in a serious collision, fall, or physical injury of any kind, it’s a good idea to seek medical attention as soon as possible. This can help with prompt diagnosis and treatment of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can have lasting effects on your wellness. Dallas, TX personal injury attorney Hardin R. Ramey has helped countless clients and their loved ones following TBIs, helping them seek damages and hold negligent parties accountable.

The team at Ramey Law Firm, PLLC would like to focus on concussions and why they always need to be taken seriously. We can help you if you have suffered a concussion that was the result of another person or party’s negligence.

What Is a Concussion?

A concussion refers to a sudden blow to the head or the body that causes the brain to jolt suddenly within the skull. These are the most common and least serious of brain injuries, yet they can have major repercussions on general health and wellness.

People who suffer from multiple concussions face a higher risk of serious neurological health problems later in life. Even one concussion could have unexpected long-term effects on your health.

Symptoms of a Concussion

The most common symptoms of a concussion include the following:

  • Headache
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Sense of pressure around the head
  • Mental fog and confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Concentration problems
  • Light sensitivity
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Noise sensitivity
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Speech problems
  • Exhaustion
  • Moodiness
  • Sleep disturbances

Keep in mind that some symptoms of a concussion may not manifest until hours or days after the initial injury occurred. Following any serious blow to the head or body, be sure to get checked by a doctor as soon as any symptoms arise.

Long-Term Effects of a Concussion

In 2018, The Lancet Psychiatry published a medical review that found people who have a history of TBI experienced a 24 percent increased risk of developing dementia later in life. Even a single mild concussion increased dementia risk by 17 percent; two or three concussions increased that risk to 33 percent.

In addition to the risk of dementia, concussions can result in depression and mood disorders, as well as a risk of vertigo and recurring headaches related to the injury. People who have suffered one concussion are also more susceptible to additional concussions later on. Failure to treat a concussion early could put your wellness at risk.

Potential Causes of a Concussion

Concussions have numerous causes, including:

  • Falls
  • Auto collisions
  • Sports/athletic injuries
  • Physical altercations

Wearing proper protective gear and using safety restraints is essential for reducing your risk of a concussion.

Legal Options After Experiencing a Concussion

If your concussion was caused by the negligence of another person or party, it’s important that you speak with an attorney. We can help you seek damages for the initial medical care and property damage sustained in the initial incident, and also help you seek damages for future medical expenses that may be linked to your concussion. We will fight diligently for you in your time of legal need.

Contact an Experienced Brain Injury Attorney

For more information about your legal rights and options after sustaining a concussion or multiple concussions, be sure to contact a skilled personal injury and accident lawyer. The team at the Ramey Law Firm, PLLC can provide answers and legal assistance. You can reach our law office by phone at (972) 636-4578.

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