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Can You Get a Concussion Without Hitting Your Head?

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It is a common misconception that concussions only occur from a direct impact to the head. It is possible, however, to get a concussion without sustaining head trauma, and the consequences can be just as severe and life-altering. In addition, if you’ve suffered this type of injury through no fault of your own, you could have a case for compensation. This is true whether your concussion resulted from a fall, a sporting injury, or a car accident. For client-focused advocacy that gets results, put your trust in our team of dedicated injury attorneys from Patterson Law Group.

Common causes of concussions without hitting your head

As noted above, concussions can arise from many different types of accidents, even without direct trauma to the head. Ultimately, these injuries may involve a sudden jolt that shakes the brain hard enough to damage it. Some common examples include the following:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Slip and Falls
  • Full-contact sports injuries
  • Workplace accidents

Signs and symptoms of concussions

One of the challenging aspects of identifying a concussion is that the symptoms may arise weeks or months after the injury. Moreover, other health issues might not seem directly related to the head trauma. Common examples of concussion symptoms include:

  • Headaches or head pressure
  • Memory loss
  • Sleep disruption
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Memory problems
  • Unexplained personality changes
  • Sensitivity to light or noise

These symptoms can appear and then disappear, especially right after the accident. Given the unpredictability, it is essential to consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis.

Misconceptions About a Concussion

Concussions are a mysterious injury for several reasons. Often, you can have severe symptoms without exhibiting any obvious external signs. These unusual factors have resulted in many myths and misconceptions about this traumatic brain injury.

Here are some of the most common misconceptions:

  • Concussions are relatively minor.
  • Concussions always heal completely.
  • Concussions only occur when you lose consciousness.
  • Concussions only happen when you hit your head.
  • It is impossible to sleep with a concussion.
  • It is safe to play sports if there are no visible signs.

Contact Us at Patterson Law Group for a Free Consultation

If you are suffering from a concussion after an accident, you could be entitled to compensation. You have the right to pursue legal action against the negligent party responsible for your injury. If successful, you could secure a monetary award. Our team is ready to fight for you. To discuss your case with our attorneys, reach out today for a free consultation. There is no obligation to hire us afterward. Further, we work on a contingency basis, so there are no upfront legal fees.

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