Loss of Consciousness (LOC)

1. There is a long list of causes including:

  • Alcohol or drug intoxication/overdose
  • Seizures
  • Diabetes
  • Trauma
  • Infection
  • Psychogenic (i.e. panic attack)
  • Stroke
  • Dehydration
  • Heart arrhythmia

2. Medical term for transient loss of consciousness (passing out) is “syncope

3. LOC can occur without warning, or person may have symptoms that allude to the cause

4. Amnesia is an indicator of loss of consciousness, even if the person doesn’t think they lost consciousness “I don’t think I passed out, but I don’t remember what happened”

5. LOC is not required for a concussion to be diagnosed


For our newsletter and blog this month we are reviewing 5 facts about different topics relating to criminal law. The blog topics for this month are:

5 things criminal attorneys should know about …

  • Diabetes (7/3/15)
  • Bruises (7/10/15)
  • Gunshot Wounds (7/17/15)
  • Loss of Consciousness (7/24/15)
  • Seizures (7/31/15)

Note: To see all posts in this topic, click here

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