Recognizing a Concussion

Concussions are among the most common forms of brain injury, affecting millions of Americans every year. They are considered relatively minor injuries, and generally do not have permanent effects on the people who suffer from them. However, a person with a concussion should always receive prompt medical attention. If left unevaluated and untreated, a concussion can lead to serious complications or mask much more urgent medical problems.

Most concussions are caused by accidents or assaults that could have been prevented by closer attention to safety protocol. If you or a member of your family has suffered a concussion due to another party’s reckless or malicious actions, you could be eligible to receive compensation from him, her, or it. To learn more, call your Iowa Lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at (515) 705-0233.

The Signs of a Concussion

The symptoms of a concussion can vary from one patient to another, depending on the location and extent of the injury as well as individual health factors. Some of the more common symptoms include:

  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Loss of memory about the accident or assault
  • Vision and/or hearing disturbances

A person experiencing one or more of these symptoms after a blow to the head needs professional medical evaluation; what appears at first to be a concussion can actually be a more critical condition such as inter-cranial bleeding. More severe head injuries requiring emergency treatment may cause additional symptoms such as:

  • Unconsciousness lasting more than two or three minutes
  • Dilated or uneven pupils
  • Loss of balance

When you are in doubt about the severity of a person’s injury, it is always best to err on the side of seeking professional help. A delay in medical treatment can greatly affect the chances that a head injury patient will be able to recover.

Contact an Iowa Head Injury Attorney

The costs of emergency treatment and on-going therapy for a head injury can be very high. To learn about receiving compensation for your medical bills and other losses following a preventable accident, contact your Iowa lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 705-0233.

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