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Concussions are types of brain injuries where the organs themselves do not necessarily sustain physical damage but where their functions are affected. In other words, when a patient in West Virginia suffers a traumatic brain injury, his or her brain stops working correctly for a brief moment in time. The individual experiences several symptoms quickly, and these symptoms resolve over time.

Not all concussions actually involving the striking of the head. Sometimes the forces exerted on the body are strong enough to reach the brain even if the brain has not been directly impacted. One of the most challenging parts of dealing with concussions is diagnosing them.

As of now, there are no objective tests available for determining if a patient has a concussion. In addition, patients do not always recognize traumatic brain injury symptoms on their own, and if they do recognize them, they may not be quick to report them. However, the danger of not recognizing, reporting and treating a concussion is that if a second one occurs before the first one has been treated, the patient’s recovery can take twice as long, and the brain may even have trouble regulating blood flow.

Traumatic brain injury can easily happen due to falls or motor vehicle accidents, for example. For instance, perhaps a property owner in West Virginia caused a slip-and-fall accident due to not maintaining safe property conditions, or maybe a motorist was texting while driving when he or she caused an injury collision. In these situations, those who suffer brain injury have the right to file personal injury claims against the allegedly at-fault parties, seeking damages. A monetary award may help them to cover their medical bills and other accident-related losses.

Source: thompsoncitizen.com, “Concussions are brain injuries without physical damage, says neurosurgeon“, Ian Graham, Sept. 27, 2017