Anytime someone in Colorado suffers a strike or blow to the head, it should be treated seriously. Head and brain injuries can have profound implications and potentially affect those injured for the rest of their lives. In some cases, however, a head injury could occur without any obvious symptoms, leading to delays in treating the injury. Concussions are considered mild traumatic brain injuries that, at first, could have no symptoms.
Concussions and delayed symptoms
Concussions are typically caused by a blow to the head and are common for those who are involved in car accidents. Falls or violently shaking the upper body or head also can cause individuals to suffer concussions. Sometimes, a concussion can cause a person to lose consciousness, but often the symptoms are delayed or subtle and not immediately apparent.
Some common obvious symptoms of a concussion are headaches, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, confusion and a loss of memory. However, a person could suffer a concussion and not have symptoms until several days later. These not-so-obvious or delayed symptoms often include sleep disturbances, depression, difficulty concentrating, taste or smell disorders, sensitivity to light and irritability.
When negligence causes brain injuries
If an individual experiences a blow to the head, it is possible that a brain injury occurred, so it’s crucial to see a health professional immediately. When brain injuries or personal injury occur because of another person’s negligence, victims in Colorado have the right to speak with an attorney about taking legal action. Damages from a successful lawsuit could help victims and families pay medical expenses.