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Why Concussions Need to Be Taken Seriously

Despite being some of the most common traumatic brain injuries (TBI), concussions can also be some of the most serious. The medical term "concussion" describes the shaking or twisting of a person's brain that can occur when a person ...

Despite being some of the most common traumatic brain injuries (TBI), concussions can also be some of the most serious. The medical term "concussion" describes the shaking or twisting of a person's brain that can occur when a person suffers a blow to the head or violent shaking of the head and body, resulting in bruising and chemical changes in the brain. While mild concussions can be recovered from with rest and a restriction of activities, exposure to more severe impacts or repeated head trauma can have devastating short-term and long-term consequences.

What Are the Short-Term Effects?

A concussion can lead to a variety of temporary cognitive and emotional symptoms, including headaches, dizziness, nausea, impaired balance, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, insomnia, irritability, difficulty focusing, and short-term memory loss. Concussions may also cause a person to temporarily lose consciousness, with more serious concussions resulting in seizures or coma. In certain cases, symptoms of concussions can remain dormant for days after being sustained, potentially resulting in permanent damage if not promptly treated.

What Is CTE?

Concussions were recently discovered to be a contributing factor towards the development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease commonly found in athletes in contact sports and military professionals who are repeatedly exposed to brain trauma. Believed to be caused by a buildup of tau protein in the brain caused by trauma, the symptoms of CTE can go unnoticed for years and worsen over time, eventually causing a number of debilitating cognitive and emotional effects.

CTE can cause varying levels of the following symptoms:

  • Advanced dementia
  • Uncharacteristic aggression
  • Poor judgment
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Memory loss
  • Severe depression
  • Erratic behavior
  • Confusion
  • Impulse control issues

Since the brain is the body's main cognitive, sensory, and nervous processing center, any sort of damage to this organ must be taken seriously. For this reason, if you should suffer any sort of blow to the head, it is imperative you seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Contact Kyle Law Firm Today

If you have suffered a brain injury due to another party's carelessness, contact Kyle Law Firm today. With more than 60 years of combined legal experience and millions of dollars recovered for past injured clients, our New Braunfels personal injury lawyers can provide the powerful advocacy you need to maximize your chances of securing a fair settlement for your suffering.

Call (830) 730-4215 today to review your legal options in detail.

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