As Ohio parents know, football and other contact sports put young people at risk for concussions. Unfortunately, the symptoms of concussions are often overlooked, leaving kids vulnerable to more serious brain injuries. It is important to learn the warning signs of this condition in order to ensure injured children receive the prompt medical care they need.
A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain functions. It is caused by a blow to the head or a whiplash-type injury. Children and teens are more at risk for concussions because their brains have not fully developed. Signs of a minor concussion include a brief loss of consciousness, confusion, dizziness, headache, amnesia, nausea, vomiting and fatigue. Some symptoms, such as concentration issues and sleep disturbances, may appear hours or days after the initial injury. Signs of more severe brain trauma include loss of consciousness for longer than 30 seconds, repeated vomiting, a headache that worsens over time, behavior changes, disorientation, slurred speech and stumbling. Children displaying any of these symptoms need immediate medical care.
In order to prevent concussions, children participating in sports should wear proper protective head gear. Any child who suffers a blow to the head should be removed from the game. Further activity could lead to a more serious brain injury.
Brain injuries can cause long-term medical issues and permanent disabilities. Ohio residents who suffer a brain injury due to the negligence of another may benefit by speaking with an attorney. After learning the details of a case, legal counsel may recommend filing a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party seeking compensation for damages, including current and future medical expenses, loss of income and other amounts that may be applicable.