Concussions Can Result from Accidents in Kansas City
Concussions are a type of mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Concussions common occur in motor vehicle accidents, slips and falls, and other personal injury accidents that result in a blow to the head, violent head movements, whiplash, or other similar injuries.
Many people recover from a concussion with rest and time. However, as a brain injury attorney we know that concussions are anything but "mild". Concussions can result in long-term complications and conditions, including post-concussive syndrome.
What is Post-Concussive Syndrome?
A small percentage of individuals develop post-concussive syndrome after suffering a concussion or mild TBI. A person may develop post-concussive syndrome after experiencing one concussion. However, individuals who sustain multiple concussions are at a higher risk of developing post-concussive syndrome. The exact reason why some people might develop post-concussive disorder is unknown. Various factors may increase a person’s risk of post-concussive syndrome, including the person’s age, sex, and overall health.
Post-concussive syndrome results in prolonged concussion symptoms. In many cases, concussion symptoms may increase in severity. Some individuals may experience symptoms for a few months, but an individual may experience concussion symptoms for a year or more.
Symptoms of post-concussive syndrome include:
- Increased sensitivity to sound and light
- Blurry vision
- Changes in emotional state or personality, such as depression, irritability, and anxiety
- Memory problems
- Concentration problems
How is Post-Concussive Syndrome Treated?
Treatment for post-concussive syndrome involves managing the symptoms. Rest continues to be important when concussion symptoms persist after a few days or weeks.
Doctors may prescribe over-the-counter or prescription pain medications for severe pain. However, some individuals may not respond well to pain medications. Other medications that can be effective for headaches associated with post-concussive syndrome include anti-epileptic, antidepressants, and antihypertensive medications.
A person may need counseling, therapy, and medication for personality changes or emotional disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Cognitive therapy may be helpful with memory, focus, and concentration problems.
Because each person’s symptoms may be different, and the degree of severity of the symptoms varies, doctors must assess each patient individually and prescribe a treatment plan that addresses the patient’s specific symptoms.
Can A Person Recover Compensation for Post-Concussive Syndrome?
To recover compensation, you must prove several legal requirements. You must prove that the other party was responsible for causing the accident, and the accident was the cause of the post-concussive syndrome. You must also prove that you have sustained damages because of your condition, such as medical expenses, loss of income, pain, and suffering.
Because the symptoms of post-concussive syndrome can be subjective, it is important to seek medical treatment promptly. It is also important to report all symptoms, including the severity of the symptoms, to your doctor so that he or she can document your suffering. Keeping detailed records of your medical treatment and damages can help you receive maximum compensation for your injuries and damages.
Contact a Kansas City Concussion Attorney for More Information
Concussions, TBIs, and brain injuries can result in long-term impairments and disabilities. Seeking prompt medical treatment and documenting damages is crucial for maximizing compensation in a personal injury claim.
If you are unsure as to whether you or a loved one suffered a concussion or brain injury after an accident, download our free Brain Injury Checklist, which can help you identify the warning signs of traumatic brain injuries.
If you are wondering what to do next after a brain injury accident, contact The Law Office of Kevin J. McManus to discuss your case with a Kansas City brain injury attorney. Call 816-203-0143 to schedule a free consultation with a Kansas City personal injury lawyer near you.