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Why You Should Conduct a Concussion Test After Sustaining Head Trauma

A concussion test is used to determine whether someone has a concussion, which is a kind of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can easily be caused by a blow to the head. Immediate symptoms typically include mood changes, headaches, and issues with concentration and memory loss.  

Below, we will discuss the importance of concussion tests and how they can help a brain injury victim. If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI, you may be entitled to compensation. Our brain injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers are always here to answer any questions you may have about a TBI.

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Concussion Symptoms

Many of the symptoms listed below actually manifest immediately. Unfortunately, some serious symptoms may take weeks or months to show up. Below is a list of common concussion symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Mood changes
  • Concentration issues
  • Memory issues
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Changes in sleep

Please call 911 if you or someone you know shows the following symptoms:

  • Seizures
  • Severe headaches
  • Inability to wake up after an injury
  • Slurred speech
  • Excessive vomiting

What Is Concussion Testing?

Concussion testing generally consists of a series of questions to assess concentration and mental acuity, as well as a physical examination by a doctor. A concussion victim will be checked for any changes in their: 

  • Hearing
  • Vision
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Reflexes
  • Concentration
  • Memory

Concussion testing may also include sophisticated imaging tests, such as a: 

  • CT scan, which is a type of x-ray.
  • MRI, which uses magnets and radio waves to create an image and foregoes radiation completely.

The FDA has just approved the Brain Trauma Indicator, which is a test to diagnose concussions. The test works by measuring proteins that have been released into a victim’s bloodstream within 12 hours of suffering an injury. It is expected that this test will soon be commonplace. 

What If I Have a Concussion?

If concussion testing determines that you do have a concussion, the most important thing to do is rest and focus on recovering. Rest doesn’t just mean not moving, it also means not putting any stress on your mind. Try to limit reading, TV, and computer usage to allow your brain to rest, as well. 

An athlete who has suffered a concussion must undergo what is known as the concussion protocol. In addition to the recommendations listed above, an athlete must also:

  • Avoid their sport for at least a week or longer
  • Work with their trainer, coach, and doctor to monitor their condition and progress 
  • Compare baseline and post injury concussion results

Contact Us 

If you or a loved one were the victim of brain injury due to negligent acts committed by another individual, our skilled brain injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. 

We offer a free, no-obligation consultation at our firm. No fees are paid until your case has been settled. Reach out to our 24/7 legal team by calling (213) 927-3700 or filling out our quick contact form.

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