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If you lose consciousness, do you have a brain injury?

On Behalf of | Aug 25, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

If you suffer an injury and lose consciousness, you know that it’s fairly serious. Perhaps you were involved in a car accident, or you slipped and fell at work. If you strike your head hard enough to blackout, even for a second, that means you’ve suffered a brain injury.

It is important to take these injuries very seriously. People are sometimes tempted to think they can shake it off if they were only out for a few seconds. But any amount of loss of consciousness could mean you have a traumatic brain injury that needs medical assistance.

Of course, it is true that being unconscious for a longer duration of time is potentially more hazardous. This is especially true in cases where the brain is having trouble getting oxygen. A lengthy period of unconsciousness could mean a severe injury with life-altering consequences, but this does not mean that you should take a short bout of unconsciousness any less seriously.

Looking at other symptoms

One thing you can do is to look for other symptoms of a brain injury that may go along with it. These could include things like nausea and vomiting, light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, brain fog or confusion, dizziness and trouble with balance, and much more. If you have multiple symptoms, then it is almost certain that you have suffered a traumatic brain injury.

The impact of a brain injury can be very different from case to case, depending on severity and location, among other factors. Always make sure that you understand your right to seek financial compensation if somebody else caused that injury, especially if your life will never be the same.