Concussions are invariably serious injuries. You may still be experiencing fatigue, dizziness, and headaches many months or years after the date of your motor vehicle accident. If this is the case, a physician may have diagnosed you with post-concussion syndrome. Some medical professionals may not be able to treat post-concussion syndrome, and you may be referred to a specialist, resulting in substantial medical expenses.
Contact Hopkins Law Firm if you have been diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome due to personal injuries you suffered during an accident. You deserve to recover financial compensation for the long-term effects associated with your injuries. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation during which we can discuss the facts of your case.
Understanding Post-Concussion Syndrome
Concussions are categorized as traumatic brain injuries. Approximately 20% to 30% of individuals who suffer concussions may develop symptoms that affect cognition and physical functioning. Post-concussion syndrome is a unique injury that causes specific symptoms. Some of the symptoms often caused by post-concussion syndrome are detailed below.
Headaches and Migraines
Headaches and migraines can be tell-tale signs that an individual may be suffering from post-concussion syndrome. Individuals with histories of suffering migraines or chronic headaches may be more prone to developing severe headaches after a concussion.
Dizziness and vertigo are common symptoms that can develop after a person suffers a concussion. In some cases, severe vertigo may last for years and cause nausea, light-headedness, and fainting. If individuals do not receive medical treatment for vertigo, they can suffer even more injuries as a result of falling.
Yet another common symptom associated with post-concussion syndrome is fatigue. Individuals who suffer from post-concussion syndrome may feel as if they have no energy or enthusiasm. Many individuals report sleeping too much or not being able to sleep at regular intervals of time. Ignoring chronic fatigue can lead to long-term complications and worsening physical health.
Sensitivity to light is one of the primary symptoms of post-concussion syndrome. Sufferers may report various symptoms associated with this symptom. Individuals may be sensitive to natural light or fluorescent bulbs and digital screens.
Neurological complications caused by concussions may cause individuals to suffer blurred vision and poor eyesight. This symptom often arises because a particular area of the brain suffers physical damage during a concussion. In many cases, blurred vision can significantly impact your ability to work or engage in daily tasks like driving.
Individuals who suffer concussions often report sensitivity to sound. This symptom usually occurs in conjunction with light sensitivity. Many symptoms become more severe over time, and individuals suffering from post-concussion syndrome can lose the ability to drive or take care of themselves due to their symptoms.
Inability To Concentrate
An inability to concentrate is one of the most severe effects caused by post-concussion syndrome. Not being able to concentrate can prevent people from obtaining employment, paying their bills on time, and performing everyday tasks. Victims often experience reduced quality of life and persistent frustration due to the inability to concentrate.
Many post-concussion syndrome sufferers report memory loss as a symptom. Along with the inability to concentrate, memory loss can severely impair an individual's ability to function in daily life. Many sufferers may not remember where they placed their keys or parked their automobiles. Severe cases of memory loss can make someone entirely dependent on other people to perform rudimentary daily tasks.
Depression, anxiety, and negative thoughts can occur in individuals suffering from post-concussion syndrome. Depression can interfere with a person's ability to enjoy the hobbies they once cultivated before suffering a concussion.
Insomnia, hypersomnia, narcolepsy, and sleepwalking can all arise during a person's bout with post-concussion syndrome. Disrupted sleep cycles may cause individuals to experience severe cases of fatigue and memory loss.
Some medical professionals surmise that the symptoms associated with post-concussion syndrome arise due to structural damage to specific brain regions. Other professionals believe psychological elements give rise to these symptoms.
Who Suffers From Post-Concussion Syndrome?
Concussions often occur when an individual suffers blunt force trauma to the head. Some groups of people are at greater risk of suffering post-concussion syndrome. Women, older adults, and people who suffer repeated blows to the head are at greater risk of developing post-concussion syndrome.
Treating Post-Concussion Syndrome
Vision therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, exertion therapy, physical therapy, and balance therapy are all treatment methods used to reduce the symptoms associated with post-concussion syndrome. In many cases, these types of therapies can be costly and leave victims with significant medical expenses.
Contact Hopkins Law Firm Today To Schedule A Free Consultation
Contact Hopkins Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation during which we can discuss the facts of your case. Our attorneys can advise you on the best course of action to take to seek medical treatment for post-concussion syndrome. We can also represent you and obtain financial compensation for your injuries.
What Type of Brain Injury Causes Memory Loss?
Mild concussions can cause loss of consciousness and memory. Memory loss can be the result of moderate to severe brain trauma. Traumatic brain injury affects the victim's short-term memory significantly more than long-term memory.
Do I Need an Attorney if I Have Post-Concussion Syndrome?
If you have post-concussion syndrome, it is in your best interest to retain an attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer will protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve under the law.
Can A Blunt Force Injury To The Forehead Result In A Traumatic Brain Injury?
Almost all non-acquired traumatic brain injuries result from blunt force impact to the head. Lifelong health problems can result from traumatic brain injuries. Treating physicians may require that patients receive 24-hour medical attention to avoid neurological damage.
Traumatic brain injury survivors may have suffered an injury during catastrophic motor vehicle accidents. Sports participants can also suffer chronic traumatic encephalopathy due to repeated blows to the head.