An article by NBC News reports on the findings of a recent study regarding concussions in child athletes. The article reports that the average recovery time for a first concussion in a child is about 12 days. The article also states that children who receive a second or third concussion can expect recovery time to be much longer. This type of traumatic brain injury can be caused by a blow to the head or when the head and upper body is violently shaken. Not all concussions are accompanied by a loss of consciousness either, so it’s important for children and adults to seek a medical examination if a concussion is suspected.
According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of concussions can be subtle and last for days or longer. Outside of the immediate symptoms that can include a loss of consciousness and headaches, people may suffer from serious delayed symptoms too. Delayed symptoms of a concussion can include sleep disturbances, sensitivity to light and noise, concentration and memory problems and disorders of taste and smell.
Common Symptoms of a Concussion
- Temporary loss of consciousness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Slurred speech
Who is at Risk for a Concussion?
Child athletes aren’t the only people who are at risk for getting concussions. Car wrecks very frequently cause concussions in drivers and passengers. It’s so important to seek medical treatment after a car wreck. Some car accident victims may not even know that they have had a concussion. Dr. Eisenberg, of Boston Children’s Hospital, says that the brain is more vulnerable to a second injury for a period of time following a concussion. Doctors often tell their patients to abstain from going back to school or work immediately after a concussion. It is especially important to keep from reinjuring a recovering brain.
After a Car Accident
The most important thing to do after a car crash is to seek medical attention. Medical documentation of injuries and concussions is important for filing a claim with one’s insurance company. You should always follow the doctor’s guidelines for recovery too. Resting the brain after a concussion is critical for a full recovery. In many cases, this means that the victim will be out of work for a period of time. If you’ve been injured in a car wreck, contact the experienced attorneys at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free consultation.