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Symptoms of concussions

West Virginia residents could suffer a brain injury, such as a concussion, if they become involved in a car accident or other traumatic event. While most people generally recover well from these types of injuries, others live with the symptoms for several days, weeks or longer if the injury was serious.

Concussion symptoms fall into several categories, including physical, emotional, cognitive and sleep. Physical symptoms include headache, blurry vision, dizziness, light or noise sensitivity and a lack of energy. Emotional symptoms can include a change in personality, increased nervousness and anxiety and irritability. Cognitive symptoms can include difficulty concentrating, loss of short-term memory and feeling slowed down. Finally, sleep symptoms can include sleeping more or less than usual and having trouble falling asleep. Concussion symptoms can occur immediately or take days, weeks or months to manifest.

Concussions can turn life-threatening very quickly if a dangerous blood clot forms. Those who may have suffered a concussion should immediately seek medical attention if they get a headache that does not go away or starts to get worse, have slurred speech, have nausea or cannot stop vomiting and experience a decrease in coordination. Family members or friends should take the person to the hospital if he or she cannot wake up, has seizure, loses consciousness and cannot recognize places or people.

Those who suffer concussions in car crashes could have symptoms that prevent them from living life as normal or earning an income. If the negligence of another driver was responsible for the accident that resulted in a head injury, the injured person could seek compensation for the damages he or she sustained, including medical costs and lost wages. A personal injury attorney may file the claim and work with the insurance companies in order to reach a settlement out of court.

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