Maryland Medical Malpractice Attorneys: Know the Danger Signs of ConcussionsJanuary 1, 2014
The dangers of sports-related concussions have been in the news and professional sports teams are under pressure to bench players who have suffered head trauma, even if they do not lose consciousness. High school and college contact sport teams are also adopting more stringent rules to safeguard young athletes from possible long-term brain damage. However, many people — including some doctors — do not realize that even a so-called “minor” head injury can result in a concussion with serious consequences.
Most people do not realize that you can have a concussion even if you do not black out. They might also dismiss the temporary confusion or loss of memory after a blow to the head. Although most concussions resolve in a short time, the safest course of action is to get medical attention right away after falling, hitting your head in a car accident or sustaining a significant bump or blow, especially if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Persistent headache that gets worse
- Vomiting or nausea
- Numbness or muscle weakness
- Loss of coordination
- Slurred speech
Seniors need to be aware of the dangers of concussions. People over the age of 65 are more prone to falls and may be taking blood-thinning medications, which can increase the risk of complications. They are also more likely to have bleeding or blood clots following a concussion. Failure to investigate for concussion complications or to identify the danger signs and symptoms in this older population can lead to serious injury or even death.