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Head Trauma and Concussions

Concussions happen often and are frequently overlooked as just a simple head impact. Some concussions result even when a person’s head is not struck directly but experience a significant blow to the body that causes the head to snap back and forth. What many people do not realize is that a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI). A traumatic brain injury is a serious health condition and can be extremely dangerous if not treated properly. Utmost care and medical treatment should be sought out if a person believes they have any type of brain injury.

Some of the symptoms of a concussion or mild TBI are headaches, dizziness, confusion, loss of consciousness, drowsiness and/or vomiting. If any of these are present following an injury medical treatment could be necessary.

Concussions are especially dangerous because they involve the brain, and due to the lack of apparent outward visible injuries, the brain injury is overlooked. Sometimes even by the treating physician.

Many normal day to day activities can result in concussions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the leading causes of concussions as seen in emergency departments are falls, car accidents, assaults, playing sports, and unintentionally be struck by or against and obstacle.

In 2010, over 5 million Americans lived with a disability resulting from a traumatic brain injury and about 200,000 Americans sustained a traumatic brain injury that year.

Thankfully, brain injury treatments are better now than ever, due to the public’s knowledge of its seriousness from the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the concussion research taking place because of the public’s interest in athletic head trauma.

If you or someone you know have been involved in an accident resulting in a brain injury, contact the attorneys at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-396-3964 or 800-594-4884.

http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/pdf/facts_about_concussion_tbi-a.pdf

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