Tampa Brain Injury Attorney Discusses Post Concussion Syndrome
An impact to the head my not always seem serious in nature but if you become disoriented for a period of time thereafter, you may have suffered a concussion. Concussions may result in long lasting difficulties and impairment. If you sustained a concussion in a car accident, it is important that you understand what post-concussion syndrome is.
A concussion is a form of head injury that temporarily affects how the brain works. Concussion occurs when the brain is hit in a fall, sports accident or car accident. There may or may not be a loss of consciousness as a result. The set of symptoms that sometimes occur after a concussion are known as post-concussion syndrome.
There are physical symptoms, psychological symptoms, behavioral symptoms and cognitive symptoms. They include:
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Double vision
- Sleep Problems
Psychological and behavioral symptoms
- Changes in personality
- Mood swings
- Decreased libido
- Loss of social judgment
- Lack of emotion
- Mood swings
- Problems with attention
- Impaired judgment
- Amnesia and short-term memory problems
- Language problems
- Slowed processing
- Difficulty with problem solving
Not every head injury victim will manifest with all the trademark symptoms. Post-concussion syndrome may be mild or severe. The symptoms occur within seven to ten days following the accident and may last up to three months or longer in some cases. In fact, symptoms may be present a year after the injury that caused the concussion.
It is believed that the following risk factors may increase a head injury victim's chances of developing post-concussion syndrome:
- Age - The risk of developing post-concussion syndrome increases with age.
- Being female - Women are more likely to be treated for post-concussion syndrome;. However, women are also more likely than men to seek treatment for medical problems.
- car accident victim - Victims of an auto accident, motorcycle accident, falls and assaults are more likely to suffer from post-concussion syndrome than those who suffer from sports-related concussions.
Dolman Law Group is a Tampa brain injury law firm. As Florida brain injury attorneys, Matthew A. Dolman, Esq., Christian Myer, Esq., and Bryan C. Hannan, Esq., have a thorough understanding of the nature and complexity of these types of cases. Brain injury claims are expert laden, time intensive and often very costly to pursue. Thus, it is imperative that your attorney is competent in handling a traumatic brain injury case and the common defenses that insurance carriers avail themselves of.
If you or a loved one, colleague or friend has suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of an auto accident, motorcycle accident, trucking accident or slip and fall; call your Tampa brain injury law team at: (727) 451-6900 for a free case evaluation and consultation.