CONCUSSIONS ARE COMMON AFTER AUTO ACCIDENTS AND CAN HAVE PERMANENT IMPACT

Koester & Bradley answers the major questions regarding accident -related concussions.

Concussions are common injuries in car accidents or any motor vehicle accident where a person’s head makes contact with another object, whether it is the ground, the steering wheel, or the windshield.  According to the Mayo Clinic, Post-concussion syndrome is a complex disorder in which various symptoms — such as headaches and dizziness — last for weeks and sometimes months after the injury that caused the concussion.

Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury, usually occurring after a blow to the head. Loss of consciousness isn't required for a diagnosis of concussion or post-concussion syndrome. In fact, the risk of post-concussion syndrome doesn't appear to be associated with the severity of the initial injury.

In most people, post-concussion syndrome symptoms occur within the first seven to 10 days and go away within three months, though they can persist for a year or more.

Post-concussion symptoms include:

·         Headaches

·         Dizziness

·         Fatigue

·         Irritability

·         Anxiety

·         Insomnia

·         Loss of concentration and memory

·         Noise and light sensitivity


Headaches that occur after a concussion can vary and may feel like tension-type headaches or migraines. Most, however, are tension-type headaches, which may be associated with a neck injury that happened at the same time as the head injury.

In some cases, people experience behavior or emotional changes after a mild traumatic brain injury. Family members may notice that the person has become more irritable, suspicious, argumentative or stubborn.

Post Concussion Syndrome may be one of the more subtle, but equally debilitating injuries resulting from an accident.  If you think that you lost consciousness during your accident, or are demonstrating any of the above symptoms. seek medical treatment immediately.  Few local law firms in Central Illinois have the experience to handle Post Concussive Syndrome cases. Koester & Bradley has been handling injury cases for decades and has successfully handled many concussion cases.

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