Many concussions go undiagnosed as many people do not know how to recognize the signs and symptoms. If someone simply bumps their head, you may assume that it was too minor to cause a concussion, which is a form of a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). However, even a slight bump can damage brain tissue and result in a concussion, so the following are some ways to tell if this type of injury has occurred.
Did They Hit Their Head?
If someone has hit their head in a car accident, sports accident, fall, or any other type of incident, it is possible they may have sustained a concussion. Note that even a jolt of the head without any direct trauma may result in a brain injury.
Did They Lose Consciousness?
Losing consciousness is a major sign of a concussion and may indicate a more severe brain injury. The longer a person is unresponsive, the more serious the injury may be and they may require emergency medical attention to help maintain their circulation and respiratory functioning.
How Are Their Mental Capabilities?
Even if someone does not lose consciousness, a concussion can have an effect on their mental awareness. If a person hit their head and has trouble concentrating, seems confused or disoriented, has difficulty remembering simple facts, or has any type of altered mental abilities, they likely have a concussion.
How Is Their Physical State?
Concussions can also have physical symptoms, such as loss of balance or coordination, vomiting or nausea, headaches, lack of pupil restriction, and light or sound sensitivity, among others. Concussion victims also demonstrate increased fatigue and disrupted sleep patterns.
How Is Their Emotional State?
A concussion can cause emotional and behavioral changes, including feelings of sadness, fear, anxiety, or depression, as well as uncontrolled mood swings, angry outbursts, and emotional instability.
Diagnostic Testing Results
The most reliable way to determine whether or not someone has suffered a concussion is to take them to the emergency room or physician as soon as possible. A medical professional can perform a variety of diagnostic tests including:
Some concussions may not show up on imaging tests, but a doctor can still diagnose the injury based on any mental, physical, or emotional symptoms. A proper diagnosis is imperative to ensure the doctor can recommend the right treatment so the concussion can completely heal and can minimize the effects of the MTBI on the victim.
Call A Baltimore Brain Injury Attorney For A Free Consultation
Even if you are unsure whether you have a concussion, it is always wise to undergo a medical evaluation as soon as possible. Resuming regular activities or sports with a concussion can be extremely dangerous, so an accurate diagnosis is critical. At The Casper Firm, our Baltimore brain injury attorneys have helped many people with concussions receive compensation for their losses. Please contact our office for a free consultation at 888-387-3878 to learn more about how we can help you.