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Concussion is a brain injury that may be hard to notice

People who accidentally strike their heads against hard objects may easily suffer from a concussion. Concussions, however, are not always easy to spot. In fact, concussions may even occur if a person in West Virginia never even hit his or head, as a hit to one's body can also have a negative impact on the brain. A few tips can help a person to pinpoint whether he or she is a brain injury victim, which can be caused by a vehicle accident or other incident resulting from another party's negligence.

When a concussion takes place, no structural damage is actually done to the brain. This is why a brain scan might not necessarily help a doctor determine whether a person has suffered a concussion. Other symptoms, however, can point to this type of brain injury.

A person who experiences blurred or double vision may be suffering from a concussion. In addition, having trouble balancing oneself, being confused or struggling with nausea and headaches also can be linked to brain trauma. If this type of injury is not treated properly, the effects can be devastating long-term.

A brain injury resulting from an accident can dramatically alter a person's life. It is within the right of an injured victim to file a claim against the person who is deemed to have caused such a serious mishap by some form of negligent or intentional act. If the case is successfully litigated, any financial restitution awarded to the victim can help pay for medical expenses occasioned by the brain injury. A preponderance of the evidence is needed to prove that the injuries were the result of the negligence of another party to the accident in West Virginia.

Source: The Daily Progress, Vital Signs: Suspect a concussion? First step should be getting evaluated by a doctor, Donna Broshek and Dr. Michael Jaffee, March 2, 2014

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