Concussion Research Shows Long-Lasting EffectsIn a 2009 study conducted by the University of Illinois, researchers discovered concussion sufferers experienced diminished brain functioning, including decreased abilities to process sensory information, as far out as three-years past the date of injury. Concussion sufferers also showed a decreased ability to process unexpected stimulus entering their environment. Basically, if they didn't know it was coming ahead of time, their brains were slow to react to the new information. Now imagine these victims as drivers and trying to react to changing road conditions – stopping traffic, sudden weather changes, or sharp turns. These drivers may be at higher risks for accidents unless they receive proper treatment and have the supervised medical care necessary to allow their brains to heal completely.
Insurance Company Dirty TricksInsurance companies may try to convince accident victims that their crash-related headaches are temporary or that their symptoms aren't related to the collisions. Falling for this popular tactic and agreeing to lowball settlement offers can rob victims of their rights to deserved compensation for the long-lasting effects these brain injuries can have on the body and abilities to process information. Concussions don't present like broken bones or lacerations, but that doesn't mean victims suffering from them are any less injured or coping with significant symptoms.
Concussion Symptoms Include:
- Headache or feeling pressure in the head
- Confusion or amnesia surrounding the accident
- Nausea or vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Concussions linked to suppressed brain functioning years later