Busy Massachusetts and Rhode Island highways like Interstate-195 through New Bedford, Fall River, Seekonk to Providence, or Route 24 up through Taunton, Bridgewater and Brockton see car accidents occur every day caused by bad habits like distracted driving. Even if the injured party is fortunate enough to walk away with manageable injuries like whiplash, dashboard knee injury or concussion, they sometimes face a long recovery and long term effects. What happens when the symptoms of a concussion linger on?
What is a concussion?
Concussions are a common injury sustained in car accidents. Considered a traumatic brain injury, a concussion occurs when a bump, jolt, or blow to the head causes the brain to move and bounce inside the skull. 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. A patient suffering a concussion may encounter:
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Behavioral or mood changes
Most people who get a concussion after a car accident, auto-pedestrian accident or auto-bicycle accident will likely make a full recovery in 3-4 weeks. However, 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.
Treatment for Post-Concussion Syndrome
In cases where symptoms last longer than a month or two, a doctor may make a diagnosis of post-concussion syndrome (PCS). Someone with PCS can suffer concussion-like symptoms at rest or in response to too much physical or cognitive activity, often forcing them to withdraw from their usual physical, professional, and social lives.
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:
- The doctor will most likely order either an MRI or CT scan to check for other medical problems that could be causing your 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).
- 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.
D+Z: Experienced Car Accident Attorneys In Massachusetts & Rhode Island
If you or a family member have been left with a concussion or other traumatic brain injury after a car accident, please contact us to speak with an experienced attorney. Dussault & Zatir P.C. has lawyers on call at +1-800-542-4LAW to answer your personal injury questions. With offices in New Bedford, Fall River and Taunton, Massachusetts, as well as an office in Providence, Rhode Island, if you’ve been injured, our lawyers are here to fight for you.
*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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