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Concussions and strokes

Concussions are a common occurrence, particularly in sports. However, people in West Virginia who have sustained at least one concussion should know that there may be long-term consequences from the injury. A concussion occurs when the brain is shifted inside of the skull, typically from some force. For example, drivers may receive a concussion when their vehicle is struck from behind and their head jolted in a forward motion from the impact of the collision.

The long-term effects of concussions have become a point of discussion in the National Football League, for which statistics indicate that 60 percent of the players have received a concussion. Concussions appear to have more risks than what was previously believed by researchers. In fact, they seem to be linked to the occurrence of strokes.

The symptoms of concussions can be divided into four separate groups: physical, sleep, emotions and mood and thinking and remembering. Common symptoms include headaches, impaired vision, changes in sleeping patterns, irritability and trouble with concentrating. Concussions symptoms can last for a brief period of time and can even go unnoticed if it is the first time a person has been concussed. However, it is necessary that one knows the symptoms as rest is the best type of treatment for a traumatic brain injury.

Because concussions can increase the likelihood of a stroke, it is important to avoid multiple concussions. It is believed that the brain's ability to control blood flow is weakened by a traumatic brain injury. Such injuries are also thought to create blood clots in the brain's blood vessels.

Parties whose negligent behavior results in the brain injury to another person may be held liable for the resulting medical bills and other expenses. An attorney can often help a victim seek appropriate compensation from the at-fault person or entity.

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