The media is swarming with stories of the seriousness of concussions. In the midst of football season, there has been a major focus on traumatic brain injuries and the long-term problems they cause. On a national level, the NFL is facing numerous lawsuits from past players who are suffering from serious side effects of concussions. On a local level, Cincinnati coaches have to take head injuries much more seriously.

Research is finding many similarities in brain injuries suffered in football games and those incurred from a car accident. Brain injuries can stem from a driver or passenger hitting their head on part of the car or from a major jolt to the head upon impact. There is a very severe risk of anyone suffering a concussion or traumatic brain injury in a car accident.

According to Mayo Clinic, symptoms to watch for in a mild traumatic brain injury include:

  • Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes
  • No loss of consciousness, but a state of being dazed, confused or disoriented
  • Memory or concentration problems
  • Headache
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sensory problems, such as blurred vision, ringing in the ears or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Mood changes or mood swings
  • Feeling depressed or anxious
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sleeping more than usual

For moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries, look for symptoms from the mild symptoms and the following:

  • Loss of consciousness from several minutes to hours
  • Profound confusion
  • Agitation, combativeness or other unusual behavior
  • Slurred speech
  • Inability to awaken from sleep
  • Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
  • Loss of coordination
  • Persistent headache or headache that worsens
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
  • Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears

These symptoms can occur immediately or not for a day or two.

If you have suffered a brain injuring in a Cincinnati car accident or some other type of unfortunate accident, get medical help immediately. Contact our experts for a free legal consultation to learn how you can recoup expenses and losses for your misfortune.