Post Concussion Syndrome
Almost any blow to the head can result in a concussion, which is usually why emergency personnel like to monitor patients who've hit their heads on the windshield, for example, to watch for signs of Post Concussion Syndrome, before releasing them.
A concussion is actually a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), that frequently happens when there is an impact to the head in an auto accident, a fall, or being hit in the head by an object. Concussions can also be the result of violent shaking or movement of the head and body. Many people who suffer a concussion never lose consciousness, and even when the impact doesn't seem severe enough to cause a concussion, it can nevertheless happen.
Symptoms of PCS
The symptoms of PCS can take a week to 10 days to manifest and often last for several months. In some severe cases, symptoms can take up to a year to subside! They include
- irritable moods
- an inability to focus or concentrate
- loss of memory
- sensitivity to light and noise
- ringing in the ears
- blurry vision
Why Symptoms Manifest
Experts have some disagreement over whether the symptoms of PCS are strictly physiological or some combination of physiological and psychological trauma. It may be that both causes are valid and aren't necessarily mutually exclusive.
Researchers also aren't sure why some head injuries result in PCS and some don't, especially since the severity of the blow to the head doesn't seem to be the determining factor. Still, there are a couple of factors that may make you more vulnerable to developing the condition, such as
- Age - The older you are, the more likely you are to be diagnosed with PCS.
- Gender - Women are more likely to be diagnosed, but it's unclear if that's because of their sex, or simply because they're more likely to seek medical attention than men are.
If you've suffered the symptoms of PCS as a result of somebody else's negligence, it's important to seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney if for no other reason than to be compensated for medical expenses and lost time at work. Depending on how long you symptoms lasted and how debilitating they were, you may also want to consider seeking compensation for pain and suffering.
If you need the services of a personal injury attorney in Alaska, you owe it to your self to contact us at Power and Brown today.