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Concussions, though not considered to be life-threatening injuries, can still be painful, frustrating, and temporarily disabling. These minor injuries to the brain occur when it is bumped or rattled around the skull, but no internal bleeding or significant damage occurs. Falls, sports injuries, and motor vehicle accidents are some of the most common causes of concussions.
If someone close to you has suffered a heavy blow to the head, then he or she may be a concussion victim. Watch for the following symptoms of minor brain injury:
- Loss of consciousness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of or blurred vision
- Loss of show-term memory
- Any other signs of a disrupted mental state
If the victim loses consciousness for a prolonged period of time, suffers lasting confusion or amnesia, becomes extremely drowsy or weak, speaks with repetitiveness and confusion, or has a very severe headache after the injury, then medical help should be sought immediately.
Causes of Concussions
Concussions may occur whenever the head sustains a strong jolt or impact. Victims may be injured through self-caused incidents, such as behaving negligently on a sports field or while driving. However, these injuries may also be cause by others’ negligence. If a drunk driver slams into your car, if a teammate is behaving recklessly, or if a property possessor fails to warn its guests of any hazards that may be present, then the injury may not be considered to be your fault.