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Delayed treatment for a head injury could prolong recovery

Unfortunately, there are many activities that could result in an accident that could harm an individual’s head. Whether a person in Pennsylvania is an athlete that suffers a concussion, a driver that suffers head trauma in an accident, a construction worker that falls on a job site or an individual that slips and falls on the property of another’s, a head injury could seriously impact his or her life. If an accident victim suffers a brain injury, this might not initially to be very severe. However, failing to timely treat brain trauma could leave the victim in a worse condition.

According to recent research, a delayed treatment for a concussion could prolong the entire recovery process. This not only means additional medical bills and more time spent toward Rehabilitation, but it could result in mental, emotional and physical pain for the victim. The major issue with concussions is that many do not equate them to brain injuries. Moreover, many suffers do not recognize or report symptoms immediately after suffering the injury.

It was found that putting off medical attention after suffering a concussion potentially exposes the injured brain to additional stress. This could compound the damage to the nervous system. When considering sports-related injuries, even with the awareness of long-term concussion damage, more than half of the athletes did not immediately report concussion symptoms. This was based on a study at the University of Florida based on data from 2008 to 2015.

The reason for athletes delaying treatment or masking symptoms was so that they could get back to playing right away. However, just like any brain injury sufferer, delaying treatment will likely put them in a worse off position. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the common symptoms of a concussion often include a headache, pressure in the head, nausea, vomiting, balance problems, dizziness, double or blurry vision, confusion and concentration or memory problems.

No matter the cause of the head trauma, it is important to rule out any serious injuries, because delaying treatment could be harmful. In cases where a negligent party caused the brain trauma, it may be possible to take action to hold that party accountable. A personal injury claim could help the victim pursue compensation in order to recover medical expenses and other damages.

Source: MedicineNet.com, “Delayed Treatment for Concussion May Prolong Recovery,” Don Rauf, May 20, 2016