A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that usually results from a blow to the head. Post-concussion syndrome is a complex disorder in which symptoms continue weeks to months after the original concussion. Post-concussion syndrome is caused by structural damage to the brain during the initial impact that may cause a disruption in the messaging system within the nerves. Symptoms of post-concussion syndrome include:
- Loss of concentration and memory
- Blurry vision
- Noise and light sensitivity
- Ringing in the ears
Individuals may describe these symptoms as tension-like headaches or migraines and are often associated with a neck injury that occurred at the time of the concussion.
A concussion can occur from a variety of scenarios. Vehicle crashes and falls in which there is impact to the head are the most common causes of concussions. Athletes are especially prone to concussions, but other occupations put individuals at risk as well. Individuals who drive during the scope of their employment may be at risk of a vehicular accident induced concussion and emergency response personnel who are often faced with intense circumstances are at risk. Demographically, women and older adults are at a higher risk of developing post-concussion syndrome. Individuals who have suffered from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or have a poor support system are at a greater risk of developing post-concussion syndrome. Recovery from post-concussion disorder requires specialized therapy, relaxing and allowing the brain’s natural recovery process.
If you have suffered a concussion during the course and scope of your employment and have developed post-concussion syndrome, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. In order to receive compensation a claim must be brought within 3 years of the injury date.
If you have suffered a concussion as a result of a car accident or slip and fall and have developed post-concussion syndrome, you may be entitled to compensation. In order to receive compensation for your injuries, a claim must be brought within 2 years of the injury date.
For further information, contact the skilled and experienced attorneys at Rudberg Law Offices, LLC at 866-306-2667 or email [email protected] for assistance.