Symptoms of a Concussion

Brain injuries differ from other types of injuries because the symptoms may not always be visible. Still, it is important to be able to diagnose a concussion or brain injury as soon as possible.  Below are some of the most common symptoms:

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Symptoms of a Concussion

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Injury Affects the Frontal Lobe. Location: Forehead

  • Loss of simple movement of various body parts (Paralysis)
  • Unability to plan a sequence of complex movements needed to complete multi-stepped tasks, such as making coffee
  • Changes in social behavior
  • Changes in personality
  • Difficulty problem solving
  • Inability to express language
  • Loss of spontaneity in interacting with others
  • Loss of flexibility in thought process
  • Persistence of a single thought
  • Inability to focus on a single task
  • Rapid mood changes
  • Inability to plan a sequence of complex movements needed to complete multi-stepped tasks, such as making coffee

Injury Affects Parietal Lobe. Location: back and top of the head

  • Inability to focus visual attention
  • Difficulties with eye and hand coordination
  • Difficulty in distinguishing left from right
  • Difficulty with doing mathematics
  • Inability to locate the words for writing
  • Problems with reading
  • Difficulty with drawing objects
  • Lack of awareness of certain body parts and/or surrounding space that leads to difficulties in self-care
  • Inability to attend to more than one object at a time
  • Inability to name an object
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person holding the back of their neck in pain

Injury Affects the Occipital Lobes. Location: Back of the head

  • Inability to recognize the movement of object
  • Difficulty reading and writing
  • Hallucinations
  • Visual illusions
  • Difficulty locating objects in environment
  • Difficulty identifying colors
  • Inability to recognize words
  • Blurry vision

Injury Affects the Temporal Lobes. Location: side of head, above the ears

  • Inability to recognize faces
  • Difficulty in understanding words
  • Short term memory loss
  • Spotty long-term memory
  • Sudden changes in sexual behavior
  • Disturbance with selective attention to what we see and hear
  • Difficulty with identification of, and verbalization about objects
  • Inability to categorize objects
  • Persistent talking
  • Aggressive behavior
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Injury Affects the Brain Stem. Location: Center of the brain

  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Trouble swallowing food and water
  • Decreased breathing capacity
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Difficulty organizing
  • Problems with balance and movement

Injury Affects the Cerebellum. Location: base of the skull

  • Tremors
  • Loss of ability to coordinate fine movements
  • Inability to make rapid movements
  • Loss of ability to walk
  • Difficulty grabbing objects
  • Slurred Speech
  • Dizziness
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If you believe yourself or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact us immediately, or call one of our brain injury attorneys for a FREE case evaluation.

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