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Post-concussion syndrome can last a long time after a head injury

Head injuries are common when you are involved in an accident, including a slip-and-fall accident or a car crash. One thing that many people don't realize is that sometimes victims of head injuries have to deal with long-lasting effects, even when the injury doesn't seem that serious.

A person who suffers a concussion in one of these accidents might have post-concussion syndrome. This is a condition is possible even if there wasn't any loss of consciousness at the time of the accident. If you or a loved one suffered from a concussion, you should know the basics about post-concussion syndrome.

Symptoms are similar to those of a concussion

The three most common symptoms of post-concussion syndrome include dizziness, headache and fatigue. Other symptoms, including irritability, insomnia, and sensitivity to lights and noises, are also possible. These usually start within a 7 to 10 days. They normally go away within three months. However, some people experience these symptoms for a year or longer. As you can imagine, this can make your life difficult to live in the same manner you did before the accident.

The outlook is good for a person with post-concussion syndrome

A person with post-concussion syndrome should have full recovery. This recovery might take some time, but there typically aren't any life-long effects of this condition. Of course, getting treatment for the effects that ail you is recommended so that you can mitigate the damages that you have to deal with. This can hlep to make it easier for you to recover from the injury.

Treatments are based only on symptoms

There isn't any one-size-fits-all treatment plan for post-concussion syndrome. Instead, medical professionals treat the symptoms that are bothering you. For some symptoms, such as cognitive difficulties, there aren't any treatments. Other symptoms, such as the headaches and dizziness, can often be managed with medications. Depression and anxiety might require mental health therapies to help you learn how to function and overcome these issues. Make sure that you discuss your symptoms and all the possible treatments with your doctor.

When you have a concussion, your doctor might require you to take time off work. This could impact your income in a negative manner, so you should consider this impact if you decide to seek compensation for the accident. You can also include the medical bills from your accident, as well as other forms of damages that occurred. Take the time to think about all of the ways that the accident and the post-concussion syndrome impacted your life when you are figuring out your claim.

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