Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post-Concussion Syndrome Major Problems in the United States
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a major health problem in the United States. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.7 million people in the United States suffer a traumatic brain injury each year. And while it is to be expected that people with severe TBIs would suffer long term, research suggests that even those with milder brain injuries may face a long and difficult road to recovery.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
TBIs typically occur when a person’s head strikes an object, causing trauma to the brain. Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate or severe depending on the severity of the damage to the brain. Those who suffer a mild TBI, such as a concussion, generally suffer from symptoms such as:
- Blurred vision
- Trouble with memory, concentration and thinking, including depression and anxiety
Although many people who suffer mild TBIs only experience these symptoms for a short time – anywhere from seven to 10 days – after their injuries, new research suggests that this is not always the case.
What Is Post-Concussion Syndrome?
Post-concussion syndrome is a disorder in which a combination of post-concussion symptoms – including headaches, dizziness and more – continue to occur for a long period after a person’s initial injury. In some patients, symptoms of post-concussion syndrome can persist for months, or even years.
Physicians and researchers are yet unable to identify the factors that cause some people to suffer from post-concussion syndrome. In fact, there does not appear to be a correlation between the severity of brain injury and the likelihood of suffering from the syndrome. Therefore, it appears that even those who suffer only minor brain injuries are just as likely as others to suffer from post-concussion syndrome.
Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment available for post-concussion syndrome. Instead, physicians will attempt to control individual symptoms with a variety of drugs and focused rehabilitation strategies. Of course, there is no telling how long these treatments must continue and they are often expensive and time consuming.
An Attorney Can Help
If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury as a result of the negligence of another, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. A knowledgeable attorney can assess your case and help you get the compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering you deserve. For more information, contact an attorney today.