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ConcussionsFrom professional players to local high school heroes, concussion is now one of the biggest health issues in sports.  Although the word “concussion” has been used widely it does not seem to evoke the kind of response that “traumatic brain injury” does.  In fact, a concussion is a traumatic brain injury.

A concussion can occur anytime the head is struck or strikes something.  That includes instances where a person is hit in the head with a baseball, hockey stick, tackled by another player or falls landing on the head.  A concussion can occur even without losing consciousness.

The symptoms of concussion can vary and may not necessarily appear severe.  They can include headaches, dizziness, mental confusion, vision disturbance, difficulty with memory and speech, and sleep disturbance. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that may result in a bad headache, altered levels of alertness, or unconsciousness.

If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, whether mild or severe, you should be seen by a doctor.  The doctor can perform tests to determine if you have a concussion and the severity of the concussion.   The doctor will want to know if you are taking any medications, including alcohol or illegal drugs, because these could make the concussion worse.

There are also some danger signs to be aware of:  a headache that gets worse over time or does not go away, vomiting, slurred speech, changes in pupil size, inability to recognize people, convulsions or seizures, and inability to be awakened.  If someone you know has suffered a traumatic brain injury and is showing any of these symptoms, contact a doctor or hospital right away.

Workplace concussions can result from a variety of sources including being hit in the head by a work object, motor vehicle accident or a slip and fall injury.  It is important to diagnose and treat the concussion as soon as possible to minimize long-term effects.  If you have been diagnosed with a concussion, follow your doctor’s recommendations regarding follow-up testing and remain out of work for the recommended time.  Rest is very important after a concussion because it gives your brain time to heal.  If you had another condition before the concussion (like headaches) it could take your brain even longer to heal.  Once you do return to work it is important to protect yourself so you don’t get another concussion.  Repeated concussions can cause long-term problems.

If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury and are experiencing long term effects that are inhibiting your ability to work, you may be entitled to assistance.  Our office has represented numerous individuals with these problems and we can help you determine what benefits you may be entitled to receive.  Please call us at (508) 540-2811 for further information and a case evaluation.

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