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Ignoring head injury can be a big mistake

Concussion-related news has been garnering substantial media attention as sports power houses such as the NFL and the NCAA are paying out hundreds of millions of dollars to settle lawsuits over player concussions, as recent examples show. It is evident that concussions are in fact serious injuries with long-term effects and should not be taken lightly.

A concussion is usually defined as a brain injury that alters the manner in which a person's brain performs its functions. Concussions are caused by a severe head trauma, which results in the brain colliding with the skull. The typical symptoms of a concussion are difficulty in concentrating, confusion or amnesia, dizziness, nausea, and severe headaches. Additionally, it is also possible that a person who has suffered a concussion undergoes psychological and personality changes or a descent into depression.

As recently as a few years ago, concussions were considered temporary brain ailments with limited treatments available for patients. However, that notion has changed thanks to advances in medicine as well as awareness among the general population. Today, people understand that with the right treatment and therapy, it is possible to overcome a head injury and lead a normal life.

However, treatment for concussions and other brain injuries is often very expensive. Recovering from a concussion may also result in missing work - or school - for young athletes who suffer from a brain injury. Therefore, any form of monetary assistance can go a long way. If it is possible for a victim to hold some party liable for the injury, it would be wise to speak with a personal injury attorney, understand the available legal options, and take necessary action.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Diseases and Conditions - Concussion," accessed on Aug. 24, 2014

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Diseases and Conditions - Concussion," accessed on Aug. 24, 2014

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