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Concussions are common brain injuries in accidents

Football season is in full swing, and many of our readers have probably seen the news coverage about the concussions that occur on a weekly basis in both the National Football League and in college football. But some people may not realize that concussions aren't just a concern for athletes - accident victims can, and often do, suffer concussions as well.

One of the most difficult things about suffering this type of brain injury is that it can be hard to diagnose. The symptoms are often quite subtle, although in some cases the symptoms can be severe. For instance, in the immediate aftermath of suffering a concussion, a victim may experience dizziness or nausea. This could result in vomiting or giving an appearance of being dazed. Although definitely not a hard-and-fast rule, usually the more serious the concussion is, the more serious the symptoms will be.

Delayed symptoms may occur as well. Victims might feel fine right after the accident has occurred, only later to experience trouble sleeping, extra sensitivity to noises and lights and memory problems. Victims who experience these delayed symptoms in the days or weeks after an accident should seek immediate medical treatment.

A concussion occurs when the brain moves suddenly and bumps or strikes the inside of the skull. As our readers can probably imagine, this type of movement occurs frequently in car accidents. Concussions are brain injuries, and victims in Connecticut who suffer a concussion will need to evaluate both their medical and legal options.

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