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24 Nov 2008

Post-Concussion Syndrome | Michigan Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

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Michigan personal injury lawyers frequently represent clients who have suffered post-concussion syndrome injuries.  A detailed knowledge and understanding of those injuries, their treatment, and their affect on the client is essential to achieving the best possible settlement for the injured client.

A post-concussion syndrome injury frequently arises from motorcycle accidents or other trauma.  Depending on the cause of the injury, the injured person may have legal rights to be compensated for their injury, including money damages for  pain and suffering,  disability, medical bills, and lost wages.

Post-concussion syndrome, also known as postconcussive syndrome or PCS, is a set of symptoms that a person may experience for weeks, months, or even years after a concussion, a mild form of traumatic brain injury.

People who have had concussions may experience physical, mental, or emotional symptoms. Symptoms can appear immediately or weeks to months after the initial injury.

Physical symptoms can include headache, dizziness, impaired balance, nausea and/or vomiting, fatigue or sleepiness, inability to sleep, decreased libido, sensitivity to noise or light, ringing in the ears, double or blurred vision, and decreased sense of taste, smell, or hearing.

Emotional symptoms may include irritability, anxiety, restlessness, depression, lack of emotion, emotional lability or mood swings, lack of ability to tolerate stress or alcohol, and aggression.

Cognitive or mental symptoms can include amnesia or difficulty remembering things, confusion or impaired cognition, impaired judgment, slowed cognitive processing, difficulty with abstract thinking , difficulty concentrating , decrease in work performance, and decrease in social skills.

Patients who have suffered a head injury must be examined by emergency medical care providers to ensure that the head injury is not worse than a concussion and potentially life threatening. Thus, head injury patients with symptoms that may indicate a dangerous injury are given CT scans or MRIs and are observed by medical staff. Later, the patient may be tested to determine his or her level of cognitive functioning.

When patients have ongoing disabilities, they are treated with therapy to help them function at work, socially, or in other contexts.   Patients are aided in gradually returning to work and other preinjury activities as symptoms permit. Since stress exacerbates post concussion symptoms, and vice versa, an important part of treatment is letting the patient know that symptoms are normal and helping the patient deal with impairments.

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