It seems as though each passing day brings news of another unfortunate, incredibly sad story about an athlete who is suffering in the aftermath of a severe concussion. All too often, the athlete loses his or her life after falling or getting hit hard on the head with a ball or other piece of equipment.
If your children play sports, they are at higher risk of suffering a brain trauma from an accident. Concussion doesn’t play favorites when it comes to the type of sport, or the name of the team or even the age and size of the player. Accidents happen. And, when they happen on the ballfield, traumatic brain injuries are common.
Here’s how to spot the signs of a concussion in your child:
- Headache or complaints of head pressure
- Loss of Memory
- Loss of Consciousness
- Seeing Stars or feely Dizziness or
- Vomiting or general ongoing nausea
- Ear Ringing
- Speech Issues – Slurred or slow
- Overall Delayed Response Time – in action and conversation
- They are tired or want to sleep all the time
Perhaps not immediately, but in the coming days and weeks, watch out for sleep disturbances, depression or other psychological issues, the person just not “seeming right” and complaints that nothing tastes or smells right.
Remember, too, that symptoms may not be immediately apparent to you. They can last for weeks and come and go, as well. Pay attention. If your child isn’t acting or looking right, get them to a doctor immediately.
If you or someone you love is suffering from a concussion caused by someone else’s negligence, contact a personal injury lawyer right away to learn your rights. Lombardi and Lombardi lawyers are kind and compassionate and we will fight for maximum compensation for you and your family following an accident.