Head injuries may appear to be non-intrusive and may simply be brushed off as a bump on the head; however, even head trauma that appears to be minor can unknowingly be deadly. It is important after an accident or other event that led to personal injury or head trauma to know the signs to identify the signs of a concussion or brain injury.
Signs of a concussion
Not all of the symptoms need to be present for an individual to have a concussion. Similarly, symptoms can range from mild to severe.
- Memory loss
- Blurred vision
- Slurred speech
- Balance problems
When to Seek Medical Attention
Serious symptoms require immediate medical attention. Symptoms such as loss of consciousness, blurred vision, slurred speech, or serious headache should be reported to a medical professional. The patient should seek immediate emergency care; they should not drive themselves to emergency services under any circumstances.
For less severe symptoms, the victim should be monitored for 24 hours for more severe symptoms. It is important to monitor victims even after what is thought to be a minor head injury for a change in symptoms or increase in severity of symptoms.