If you are injured in a car accident, a slip and fall accident or a sports injury, you could potentially be hurt in a wide variety of ways. Broken bones, cuts or bruises are common, but another category, brain injuries, cannot only cause immediate discomfort, but problems will follow you for the rest of your life.One particular brain injury, the concussion, can sometimes be overlooked. If you suffer a blow to the head, you may have feelings of dizziness or problems with coordination and motor functions.Depending on the severity of the concussion, you might have continuing symptoms of a concussion, which is called post-concussion syndrome (or PCS). Post-concussion syndrome can last from a few hours to a few months.
What Is Post-Concussion Syndrome?
Post-concussion syndrome is a disorder in which there is a combination of post-concussion symptoms caused by structural damage to the brain. Some of these symptoms include headaches and lightheadedness, which can weeks or months after the initial concussion happened.Some doctors and health care professionals think post-concussion syndrome symptoms are. A concussion associated with a car accident, slip and fall or sports related head injury is a likely cause of concussions leading to PCS.Concussions generally occur because of a blow to the head, but you dont necessarily have to go unconscious after a blow to the head for a concussion to take place or to diagnose one. In most people, symptoms of PCS are usually present within the first seven to ten days and go away after a few months.You should go see a doctor, and if need be a neuropsycholigist, to be diagnosed correctly for your head injury no matter how minor you initially believe it to be. Concussions are considered a mild traumatic brain injury, but concussions are still harmful and can cause serious damage.
How Is Post-Concussion Syndrome Treated?
There is no single test that will prove you have post-concussions syndrome. Scans of your brain may be needed to be done to check for potential problems that can cause your symptoms. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is usually the best test for that.Over-the-counter medications are commonly used for the treatment of migraines or tension headaches. While they are pretty effective, there arent any recommended medications for the treatment of cognitive problems, and most of them go away by themselves in the weeks and months after the brain injury. Some focused rehab activities like using an electronic organizer can help with the memory and thinking problems associated with PCS.If the post-concussion syndrome brings on any level of depression or anxiety, you may be referred to a psychologist by a doctor to see if prescription anti-depressants are required with other medications.
Call us now to Maximize your Brain Injury Settlement
Since 1992, the brain injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC in San Diego have been helping people just like you deal with a personal injury claim if you have physical and emotional damages as a result of a traumatic brain injury. We know that the legal process can at times be very confusing, but our experience can help guide you through the process.Dont worry about fighting insurance companies. Our experienced brain injury attorneys in San Diego are here to help you recover the maximum personal injury settlement with the least amount of stress.If you or a loved one has symptoms of a traumatic brain injury, we urge you to contact our bilingual offices in San Diego as soon as possible following the cause at 1-800-655-6585 or please click here for a FREE consultation with an experienced brain injury attorney. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe nothing until we recover money on your behalf.