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By Farhan Naqvi, Personal Injury Lawyer in Las Vegas

This football season, there seems to be extra media attention focused on concussions and their effects on players. In fact, the National Federation of State High School Associations adopted a rule for all high school football games in Clark County and the rest of the nation for the 2010 season stating that players who show symptoms of a concussion are not allowed to return to the game (or practice) until they are evaluated by a health care professional.

But concussions can occur in many places other than the football field. Both kids and adults can sustain concussions while playing soccer, riding bicycles or motorcycles (especially without helmets), skateboarding, jumping on a trampoline, or even just running around in a yard. All it takes is a sharp blow to the head to cause a concussion.

Common symptoms of a concussion include:

  • Losing consciousness for several seconds or longer
  • Headaches that won’t go away
  • Trouble walking easily or speaking clearly
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dilation of pupils
  • Drainage of blood or clear fluid from the nose or ears
  • Constant sleepiness or wooziness
  • Confusion, irritability, or similarly drastic changes in behavior
  • Numbness or weakness in the arms or legs
  • Convulsions or seizures

If you suspect that someone you love has suffered a concussion, you should take him or her to a doctor immediately. It is vital that a health care professional determines that the injury is a simple concussion and not a more serious traumatic brain injury. 

If you feel that the concussion was due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you may consider hiring a personal injury lawyer after your loved one has received the proper medical attention.

About the Editor: Farhan R. Naqvi is a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who has experience representing victims injured in car accidents, drunk driver crashes, truck wrecks, slip and falls, taxi cab accidents, and bicycle crashes. He also has experience handling spine injury, product liability, underinsured/uninsured driver, and wrongful death cases. If you’ve been seriously hurt in an accident in Summerlin, North Las Vegas, Clark County, Henderson, Boulder City, Green Valley, or Pahrump, give Farhan a call at 702-553-1000 for a free, no-hassle consultation.