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joliet injury lawyerFriday, September 17, 2021, is National Concussion Awareness Day. Concussions are one of the most common types of injuries a person can suffer in an accident. Even what appears to be a minor blow or bump to the head can result in a concussion. Unfortunately, concussions and other traumatic brain injuries can leave the victim with long-term and, in some cases, even permanent damage.

Concussion Facts

Any type of accident can result in a concussion, including sporting and recreational activities, vehicle accidents, and slip and fall accidents. Whenever there is a blow to the head or any sudden movements that causes the head to jerk back and forth, there is a risk of the brain getting jerked or bounced around in the skull. This movement can cause the chemicals in the brain to change and damage brain cells. This damage can have a significant impact on the victim’s personality and physical and cognitive abilities.

Symptoms of a concussion are often not always evident immediately following the accident. This is why it is critical for a victim to seek out medical attention right away, even if the injury appears to be a minor one. A doctor will evaluate the victim and determine if there are any signs of a concussion or other brain injury and provide details on what other symptoms to watch out for.

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