National Concussion Awareness Day


Concussion have been a pertinent medical issue since as far as we can remember them, but it is only recently that people are deliberately discussing it with intention and awareness. While concussions are generally associated with competitive sports (which is not far-fetched if one saw the statistics), the risk of getting a concussion relates to much more beyond it.

The United States celebrates National Concussion Awareness Day on September 18th every year. It is primarily sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of America. We spoke to charleston south carolina attorney John Price to learn more and below, we will explore some of the basic concepts around concussions and how we can better identify and treat them if they happened to us or someone around us.

What can cause a concussion?

Keeping in line the definition by the CDC, any activity that can cause a jolt, blow or bump to the head, or a blow to the body significantly affecting the head can qualify as a cause. Concussions are most commonly seen in those playing competitive sports, construction workers, and people who have been in motorbike, car, and other vehicular accidents.

The CDC has reported that over 2.8 million people sustain a TBI annually, of which 2.5 million require ER treatment. Over 280,000 of these cases lead to patients being hospitalized, along with 50,000 deaths. The CDC further states that TBIs contribute to over 30% of all deaths pertaining to injury in the US.

What are the symptoms of a concussion?

According to the Brain Injury Association of America, a concussion can have various signs – ranging from “very obvious” to “hard-to-see.” Here are some of the most common signs:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches that might get worse and do not go away
  • Slurry speech
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Blurry Vision
  • Confusion and/or restlessness
  • Ringing in ears
  • Delayed response or decreased coordination
  • Having trouble following conversations
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Amnesia or general memory-loss
  • Feeling sad or down
  • Mismatch in pupil sizes
  • Sleeping more
  • Seizures or convulsions

In case you – or someone around you has been facing one or more of their symptoms, make sure to get medical attention immediately and contact a personal injury attorney.

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