How Can I Tell If I Have A Concussion?

The symptoms of concussion usually fall into the four categories below. Concussion symptoms vary, however, you might not experience them right away. Most people’s symptoms go away fairly quickly, but it’s not uncommon to experience some or all of these symptoms even weeks after your accident. How can I tell if I have a concussion?

Signs And Symptoms

1. Trouble thinking or remembering
2. Physical symptoms, such as headaches and nausea
3. Emotions, such as severe mood swings
4. Sleep disturbance, such as trouble falling asleep, or sleeping more than usual

It is important to understand the difference between “signs” and “symptoms.” Signs, such as dizziness, are easy to spot. Symptoms, however, are not readily visible. They’re usually reported by the injured person or by someone who knows them well enough to notice a change in their behavior. A person may appear okay, but they might be having a hard time performing day to day tasks.

How To Diagnose A Concussion

To diagnose a traumatic brain injury (TBI), doctors can perform several test including the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), which measures the functioning of a person in three areas:

1. Ability to speak normally, without meaning, or not at all
2. Ability to open the eyes, including opening the eyes only when asked
3. Ability to move with ease, not at all, or not even in response to painful stimuli

A physician classifies a person’s responses into the above categories and calculates a final score. A score of 13 or more indicates a mild TBI, 9 to 12 a moderate TBI, and 8 or less a severe TBI.

If you or a loved one have suffered a concussion, contact Jacoby & Meyers at (888) 522-6291. We have the legal expertise to help you get the compensation you deserve for your accident injury case. It’s crucial that you act quickly once you’ve been injured. Report any claims for accidents immediately, as limitations may lower or extinguish your claim.

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