Concussions are often overlooked. Although approximately 200,000 people in Ontario and across Canada have concussions, many go unreported. It could be because concussions are invisible and sometimes happen without any blow to the head. Any rapid head movement could harm the brain’s function and chemistry.
Causes of concussions
Any of the following could cause brain trauma with long-term health consequences:
- Automobile accidents
- Work-related accidents
- Playground accidents
- Sports-related injuries
- Domestic violence and assaults
- Explosion or blast nearby
The consequences of a concussion depend on the area of the brain where the damage occurred. Repercussions could be emotional, behavioural, cognitive or physical.
Behavioural and emotional symptoms could include irritability, anxiety, restlessness, aggression and mood swings. The cognitive effects of concussions typically include confusion, amnesia or other memory problems, impaired concentration abilities and slowed processing. When it comes to physical symptoms, they are often not linked to the incident at first.
Seizures as well as balance and coordination problems are not easily overlooked. On the other hand, headaches, dizziness, vomiting or nausea and sleeping difficulties could be blamed on many other issues. However, if left undiagnosed and untreated, concussions could cause long-term health damage.
Mounting medical bills, lost income and other economic consequences could be overwhelming. If you have suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may have grounds to pursue financial relief. However, such a claim would need proof that damages like medical bills are linked to the injury, so it’s important to get a medical examination as soon as possible after the incident that caused the injury.