Concussions are a mild type of traumatic brain injury. They result from sudden blows to the head or violent skull movements often witnessed in motor vehicle accidents as well as slips and falls and falls from height. Although not as severe as some injuries, they can lead to complications, one of which is post-concussion syndrome.
According to the Mayo Clinic, this disorder generally has its onset within a week of your brain injury and tends to clear up within approximately three months. In some cases, however, it can impact your life for over a year. Symptoms include:
- Trouble sleeping
- Anxiety and irritability
- Memory loss
- Inability to concentrate
- Light and noise sensitivity
Post-concussion syndrome can cause you to experience atypical and negative personality changes. You could anger more quickly, question the motives of other people, and display hostility that can cause problems at work and with your family relationships.
How is post-concussion syndrome treated?
Treatment will depend on your symptoms, as post-concussion syndrome manifests differently from one person to the next. Depending on the severity of your condition, your treatment regimen may include:
- Prescription medication
- Cognitive therapy to help you manage angry or aggressive emotions
- Bed rest (which generally means time away from work)
- Physical therapy to manage dizziness and restore your sense of balance
Although post-concussion syndrome is categorized as a minor brain injury, it can cause you to incur high medical bills and impact your future earning potential, resulting in long-term economic challenges for you and your family.
In June 2014, former professional wrestler Chris Nowinski appeared before the Senate Special Committee on Aging to talk about the long-term impact of head injuries. He experienced headaches after receiving a wrestling injury at the age of 24, but they soon progressed to sleepwalking and depression. He told the panel that post-concussion syndrome cost him at least five years of his life, and he worried about the future.
Who is responsible for your injury?
If the accident was due to someone else’s negligence, you can file a claim against them for your losses. If a store manager failed to clean up a toppled display within a reasonable period of time or someone ran into you at an intersection because they were texting and driving, a personal injury attorney can help you seek compensation for lost wages and ongoing medical expenses.
While many concussion victims recover with no residual complications, there’s always the chance that you will deal with the aftereffects of a head injury for months or even years. A New York personal injury attorney will ensure that you get the compensation you are entitled to when someone else’s negligence impacts your well-being. Jayson Lutzky is a Bronx, New York accident lawyer. He offers free initial consultations and may be reached at 718-514-6619.