A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that disrupts the way the brain works and often occurs when a child suffers a head injury during contact sports, in a car accident, or after being knocked to the ground by a person or vehicle. Although many concussion victims are able to recover with a few days of rest and by implementing certain precautions, these injuries do have the potential of developing into something much more serious. Now, because it isn’t always obvious when a child has suffered a concussion after an accident, it is important for parents to keep an eye out for the signs and symptoms are that often associated with the injury.
Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, a child might have a concussion if they experience any of the following symptoms:
- Loss of consciousness
- Severe headache, or a headache that continues to worsen
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty walking
- Slurred speech
Parents should also be aware that symptoms of a concussion don’t always show up immediately after an accident. This means a child could begin to show signs of a concussion 24 to 72 hours after they were involved in an accident. If a child was recently involved in any type of vehicular accident in San Antonio, TX, or was injured by a while crossing the street (e.g. car, truck, bus, etc.) while crossing the street, they should seek medical attention right away even if the incident seemed minor.
How are concussions treated?
Depending on how serious the injury is, Johns Hopkins Medicine says a concussion could be treated in the following ways:
- Physical rest. After a child has suffered a concussion, they should refrain from engaging in any physical activities such as sports until their injury has completely healed. Once a child’s concussion has healed, they should slowly return to their normal physical activities.
- Mental rest. In addition to a child getting physical rest after suffering a concussion, sources also recommend they get mental rest as well. For example, children should “avoid any cognitive activity that could make [their] symptoms worse such as using a computer, cellphone, or other device, doing schoolwork, reading, watching TV, or playing video games.”
If a child’s concussion is more serious, he/she may need additional treatment before symptoms improve.
Is a parent entitled to compensation if their child has suffered a concussion as a result of an accident?
Depending on where the accident happened, who caused it, and what factors contributed to it occurring, a child’s parent may be entitled to recover compensation for their child’s injuries from one or more parties. If a parent is interested in learning more about recovering compensation for their child’s injuries, they should speak with a San Antonio, TX accident attorney. The Texas Law Giant is an accident law firm located in San Antonio that can help a parent of an injured child understand their legal rights and how to properly exercise them.
The Texas Law Giant can be reached at:
5826 W Interstate 10 Ste 102
San Antonio, TX 78201-2852
Phone: (210) 944-4103