Many concussions occur when someone strikes their head on something, like the ground, or something makes contact with their head. Concussions can also occur when someone’s head shakes back and forth violently, which can happen in a crash. Concussions are a common injury suffered by people who are involved in vehicle crashes.
For example, if someone strikes your car from behind, your head will likely move back and forth – even if an airbag protects it from hitting the steering wheel or dashboard.
What are the symptoms of a concussion?
Every concussion is different. Symptoms can include:
- Memory loss
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light and/or noise
A concussion can also create mood changes like anxiety, irritability and difficulty concentrating.
Could you be suffering from post-concussion syndrome?
While you might believe that your symptoms will end within a few days or perhaps weeks, they can continue for much longer. This is called post-concussion syndrome.
People with post-concussion syndrome may be dealing with these persistent symptoms for months and even more than a year. This can make it difficult, if not impossible, to return to their job or even care for their family and get back to a normal life. They may require medical treatment for an extended period as well.
Who is most at risk for post-concussion syndrome?
Whether a person develops post-concussion syndrome doesn’t necessarily depend on how serious the initial injury was. Some experts say that certain people are more likely to develop this condition than others. These can include people who already suffer from emotional issues like anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Further, older people and women are more likely to be diagnosed with it. However, this may be the case because this population is more likely to seek medical care.
If you or a loved one suffered a concussion in a crash caused by another driver, you shouldn’t assume that the symptoms, your need for medical care and its impact on your life will go away soon. If they don’t seem to go away, then you may be dealing with post-concussion syndrome.
Keep that in mind before you settle for less compensation than you may need. An experienced attorney can help you work to maximize your claim.