When a hit to the head causes a concussion, it can disturb normal cerebral functions. Regardless of who you are or what you do, there’s always a chance you can develop a concussion. That likelihood increases when you’re involved in a serious accident. Sadly, some accident victims suffer from post-concussion syndrome—when symptoms don’t appear until days or months after the initial accident—which commonly leads to misdiagnosis and permanent brain damage.
Because many concussions go unnoticed, accident victims don’t always receive the right care. This results in more time spent in the hospital, more complications, and more money spent down the road. If you’ve suffered a concussion due to someone else’s negligence, don’t go to bed waiting for answers. The brain injury lawyers at Sutliff & Stout are focused on providing the Houston community with excellent legal services. Learn more about the types, symptoms, and complications of concussions below.
Accidents Well-Known for Causing Concussions in Houston
Accidents don’t always have to be serious for victims to suffer a concussion. Even a minor “ding” to the head can damage the brain. However, the greater the force of impact, the more susceptible the brain will be to a concussion or other severe brain injury. Sudden, rapid movement of the head can be caused in the following ways:
- Slip and falls
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
Injuries to the brain and head require immediate medical intervention. It’s critical that your physician orders a scan of your head to ensure there is no bleeding in the brain. Once you’re stabilized, you may be diagnosed with a concussion and treated as if it were mild traumatic brain injury. It’s equally as important to document all of your pain points or any abnormal changes and complete follow-up exams to monitor your condition.
What Are the Grades of Concussions?
To understand the severity of your injury, doctors scale concussions by grade. In a grade 1 (mild) concussion, victims may experience nausea, headaches, and confusion, but no loss of consciousness. Symptoms of grade 1 concussion typically resolve within 15 minutes and victims may be able to resume normal activity within days.
Grade 2 (moderate) concussions produce similar symptoms as a grade 1, as well as a few other problems like irritability, tension, or ringing in the ears. Symptoms may last for a longer period and loss of consciousness may occur. A grade 3 (severe) concussion includes a prolonged period of unconsciousness and long-lasting symptoms such as vomiting, memory issues, and speech difficulty.
Five Subtypes of Concussions and Their Symptoms
Concussion experiences are not universal. Everyone has their own unique symptoms simply due to the fact that we all have different brain anatomy. Despite the three grades of concussions, scientists have identified that almost all concussions can be grouped into categories, also called subtypes.
- Cognitive: Attention issues, behavioral problems, and poor reaction times
- Ocular-motor: Light sensitivities, head pressure, and blurring of vision or eye strain
- Headache: Nausea, vomiting, and hyperesthesia
- Vestibular: Unsteadiness, dizziness, and fatigue
- Mood/anxiety: Anxiety, sadness, mood changes, and irritability
Understanding the following subtypes is not only critical to your personal injury claim, but it will also help determine what recovery and treatment will be like for you. While you work on healing, let Sutliff & Stout properly prepare your case to give you the best chance at success. Those who put off seeking medical care risk extending their recovery, and those who wait too long to get legal advice risk their eligibility for compensation.
Texas Injury Attorneys Experienced in Concussion Cases
Concussions may not seem serious since much of the literature on medical discourse describes these injuries as minor, low-grade, or insignificant. While some concussions may not be life-threatening, the effects can be long-term. Sutliff & Stout works to protect your finances and future while your recovery takes place. We help clients establish and justify all medical expenses and injury-related losses associated with their concussion.
At Sutliff & Stout, our mission is simple—to provide exceptional and practical legal advice for those who have been wrongfully injured through third-party negligence. Each case entrusted to us is handled with great care and every client is treated with respect. We set high standards for ourselves because we know that’s what our clients deserve. Don’t look back after your accident; move forward. Speak to our Board-Certified lawyers today by calling (713) 987-7111 or completing our contact form for a free, no-obligation case review.