Basic Facts about Post-Concussion Syndrome

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A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) resulting from a blow or bump on the head. Athletes playing contact sports such as football or hockey can, of course, suffer concussions in the course of a game, but many people may not realize that falls and car accidents are the most common causes of these types of injuries. Likewise, many may not realize just how long it can take to fully recover from a concussion.

Post-Concussion Syndrome

Post-concussion syndrome is a complex disorder where a number of concussion symptoms – such as headaches, light sensitivity, or short-term memory loss – continue for weeks and sometimes months after the injury that initially caused the concussion.

Some common symptoms of post-concussion syndrome are:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Loss of concentration
  • Loss of memory
  • Irritability
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Anxiety

Researchers have not identified a concrete cause of post-concussion syndrome, but many believe that it is caused by structural damages in the brain that occur from the blow that caused the concussion in the first place. Others believe that post-concussion syndrome is more psychological, because the symptoms are similar to other psychological disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Still others believe that both psychological and physiological factors contribute to post-concussion syndrome.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

If you or someone you love has suffered a concussion or other traumatic brain injury, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can assess your case and help you get the fair and adequate compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering you deserve. For more information, contact an attorney today.