What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that results from a direct or sudden blow to the head. Since the brain is made of soft tissue, violent impacts and forceful jolts to the skull, such as being injured in a severe car accident, can rattle your brain, causing significant damage to nerves in your head.
A person diagnosed with a concussion may experience frequent headaches, dizziness, or worse, seizures or a loss of consciousness, all depending on the severity of the injury. If you were recently diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury after being in a car accident, it’s in your best interest to contact a personal injury attorney right away.
5 Basic Must-Knows About Post-Concussion Syndrome
There are over 5 million Americans who suffer from a traumatic brain injury-related disability, according to Head Health Management System. One of the most common types of conditions associated with a traumatic head injury is called post-concussion syndrome.
Post-concussion syndrome, or PCS, is a medical condition, where, people who have been previously diagnosed with a concussion, experience reoccurring concussion symptoms for an extended period of time. These symptoms can sometimes last up to several weeks or even months after the injury first occurred.
What Causes Post-Concussion Syndrome?
While no two cases are exactly the same, post-concussion syndrome is generally known as the aftershock of a traumatic brain injury. Here are the most common causes of post-concussion syndrome:
- Falling and hitting your head
- Being injured in a violent attack
- Playing a high-risk sport, such as boxing or football
- Getting in an automobile accident
Post-concussion syndrome can be even worse for people who have had serious head injuries in the past. Those who’ve had previous head trauma, especially older patients and women, are at a higher risk of developing post-concussion symptoms.
How Severe Can Post-Concussion Syndrome Be?
Since concussion symptoms can be relatively vague and ultimately depend on the severity of your head injury, it’s important to have a better understanding of the different types of concussions. Below is a list of the three most common types of concussions:
- Mild – A mild concussion is graded as level 1 caused by a minor hit or slip and fall accident.
- Moderate- Graded as a Level 2, a moderate concussion stems from a more serious injury, such as a sudden blow to the head in a sports game.
- Severe- A severe concussion, graded at Level 3, is by far the worst type of concussion. Most victims of a severe concussion suffer longer periods of symptoms that eventually develop into post-concussion syndrome.
The only way to fully understand the impact of your injuries is to seek medical attention immediately after your accident. Don’t let your injuries go untreated. If you have a history of head injuries, you’ll want to get a physical exam, or a CAT scan, so doctors can fully evaluate your symptoms.
What are Common Symptoms of Post-Concussion Syndrome?
Although you can’t actually see a concussion, the symptoms can be severe, especially if they go untreated. Below, we’ve provided a list of the most common symptoms that typically follow a concussion:
- Lack of concentration
- Blurry vision
- Slurred speech
- Decreased hand-eye coordination
- Dilated pupils
Most people notice signs of a concussion almost immediately after their accident. If you’ve been injured in a car crash and suffer from post-concussion syndrome, the personal injury attorneys at The Idaho Advocates are here to help you.
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help Me?
If you or someone you know have recently been injured a slip and fall accident or a serious car crash, you’ll want legal expertise on your side. By having an accident attorney from The Idaho Advocates build you the strongest personal injury claim, we can get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
The personal injury lawyers at The Idaho Advocates know the ins and outs of personal injury law. Don’t wait. Contact our office today at (208) 995-2444 or find us on our homepage.
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