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Brain injuries: Do you know the symptoms of a concussion?

Not all Ontario parents know that a concussion is serious and should not be disregarded. Concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries, but the fact that they are mild does not make them less dangerous. Repeated concussions can cause long-term consequences. Children can suffer these injuries on the playgrounds or sports fields, and although they may have cuts, contusions or bruises, no obvious injuries may be present.

Symptoms for which parents can keep a lookout include confusion and difficulty to remember what happened to cause the injury or the moments immediately after the injury -- or any signs of amnesia. The child may repeat the same question, and complain of feeling dizzy, unbalanced, unsteady or light-headed. It is also important to find out whether the child lost consciousness, even for a moment. Blurred vision, double vision or ringing in his or her ears can also be an indication of a concussion.

A child might struggle to put words together or to eat without help, and a parent may notice that he or she has problems with physical activities. A lack of energy, listlessness and chronic headaches can also indicate a concussion. The severity of the symptoms will be determined by the severity of the injury, with the more serious injuries causing symptoms that could even last for months.

Parents whose children suffered injuries while they were in the care of teachers or coaches may have grounds to hold those facilities or individuals responsible for medical expenses and other damages. However, proving negligence might be a challenge, but the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury lawyer are available. An Ontario lawyer who is experienced in protecting the rights of children with brain injuries can determine the viability of such a claim and assist with the ensuing legal proceedings.


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