The highways and roads connecting Providence, Fall River, New Bedford and beyond are loaded with aggressive drivers and distracted driving. Unsurprisingly, we have car accidents of all shapes and sizes resulting in varying levels of personal injury. We wrote in a recent article about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Let’s talk about a sub-category of TBI, concussions and post-concussion syndrome.
Concussions & Post-Concussion Syndrome
Concussions are a mild traumatic brain injury and have been in the spotlight for the past few years mostly regarding football and sports injuries. Concussions are also a common injury sustained in car accidents. The symptoms of a concussion can cause a great deal of suffering and severely impact a person’s life and ability to do their job. Concussion Symptoms Are:
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Behavioral or mood changes
Most people who get a concussion after a car accident will make a full recovery in 3-4 weeks. Approximately 10% of concussion sufferers will develop what’s known as post-concussion syndrome. This causes the symptoms to stretch on for months, even years.
Diagnosis & Treatment of Post-Concussion Syndrome
A doctor will most likely order either an MRI or CT scan to check for other medical problems that could be causing your symptoms. Depending on the type of / severity of symptoms the doctor may bring in specialists like an Ear, Nose, Throat doctor (for symptoms of dizziness) or a Psychologist/Psychiatrist (for symptoms rooted in anxiety, depression, mood changes).
While a concussion has the simple treatment of mental and physical rest for a period of time, the treatment for post-concussion syndrome will vary from patient to patient. Post-concussion syndrome cannot be cured, but when treated will decrease over time. These are some treatments that may be administered:
- Stronger pain medications may be prescribed for headaches if the over-the-counter pain medications aren’t enough.
- Focused rehabilitation and training may be needed for cognitive and memory issues.
- Anxiety and Depression may be treated with psychotherapy or medication.
Contact An Experienced Massachusetts & Rhode Island Auto Accident Attorney
If you or a family member are suffering from post-concussion syndrome after a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, please contact one of our experienced attorneys. We will walk you through the details of your claim and help you to get the compensation that you deserve.
*The above is not to be considered as legal advice. Every case is different and the laws which apply may differ from state to state.
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