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Concussions and motorcycle accidents

Most people think of concussions as minor injuries that do not require very much attention. However, California residents should keep in mind that even a simple concussion is a minor form of traumatic brain injury. Concussions are also one of the most common types of injuries associated with a motorcycle accident.

The term concussion can be traced back to its derivational root in the Latin language, "concutere." The definition of concutere is "to violently shake," and this is exactly how concussions happen. The head is violently jarred, and when the brain hits the inside of the skull, it gets damaged. Usually a concussion injury results in temporary bruising to the brain, but it can also result in permanent nerve damage, blood vessel damage and more. These issues can take time to heal, and they can come with some difficult medical symptoms victims must deal with.

People who are suffering from a concussion injury might exhibit symptoms like equilibrium issues, vision problems, severe headaches and confusion. They may even suffer from emotional and psychological conditions over time. Because these symptoms are often subjective, and because victims do not have visible outward signs of concussion, it may be difficult to obtain an affirmative diagnosis that concussion has occurred. Doctors may also miss the fact that a concussion has happened until the victim develops more severe symptoms later on down the road.

Because motorcyclists do not have outward protection that an automobile provides, concussion injuries are very common in motorcycle-related accidents. Although helmets are designed to limit the risk and severity of concussion, they cannot protect motorcyclists in every kind of crash condition.

If you suspect that you or your loved one has suffered a concussion in a motorcycle accident, it is important to seek medical assistance immediately. You may also wish to evaluate the events leading up to the accident for the purpose of building a claim for financial damages stemming from the incident.

Source: WebMD, "Concussion (Traumatic Brain Injury)," accessed Aug. 04, 201

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