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Post-Concussion Syndrome: Harmful and Costly

On Behalf of | Mar 5, 2012 | Personal Injury

Headaches. Dizziness. Problems sleeping. Mood disorders. These are the common symptoms felt by a person suffering from Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS), a disorder characterized by people experiencing these symptoms for weeks, and sometimes even months, after receiving a concussion-causing injury.

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that often happens as a result of physical impact to the head. This includes getting into a car accident, getting injured while playing sports, or falling and hitting the head with a significant impact. Sometimes a person will not know right away that he or she experienced a concussion, which can lead to devastating results if the concussion is not treated properly. In some cases, concussions are not discovered until after the symptoms described above are noticed and medical treatment is sought.

Symptoms of PCS are also similar to symptoms of depression, including mood disorders and irritability. Because of this similarity, many doctors require no exercise and the use of antidepressants to treat PCS symptoms.

In the United States, approximately 1.7 million people experience brain injuries each year. Among this population, about 20 percent require hospitalization, adding the burden of medical costs to the pain and suffering they already experience from the headaches, dizziness, lack of sleep and other PCS symptoms. Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries and car accidents are the second most common cause of such injuries.

An Attorney Can Help

If you or someone you love has suffered a head injury due to the negligence of someone else, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can assess your case and help you get the compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering you deserve. For more information, contact an attorney today.