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Post-Concussion Syndrome – Not Just a Football Injury

Since a series of high-profile, ex-NFL players have succumbed early in their lives to terrible fates as a result of repeated head injuries – whether through chronic nervous system illnesses or suicide as a result of depression – the public dialogue concerning concussions and their effect on the human body has never been more apparent. Post-concussion syndrome, or PCS, is a wide range of symptoms that can appear from anywhere between hours to years after a concussion is sustained. PCS is a complex syndrome, and studies have shown that the appearance of PCS symptoms aren’t directly correlated to the severity of the brain injury. PCS symptoms can also simply appear in some victims and not others.

Symptoms of PCS can include:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of concentration or memory
  • Sensitivity to noise and light

The most common cause of a concussion is a blow to the head, however it is not exactly known why some people develop PCS symptoms and others may not. Factors that may influence sustaining PCS include your age, sex, and what type of trauma was sustained. Most commonly, head injuries resulting from car accidents, sports injuries, and assaults are the traumas that lead to PCS.

What to do after a concussion

Concussions are serious brain injuries that can result in serious, long-lasting adverse health effects in the victims. The most important thing to do after a serious head injury is see a doctor. If you incurred the injury playing a sport, you should never re-enter the game without being cleared by a medical expert. It is also important to note that you don’t need to lose consciousness to have sustained a concussion.  Brain injuries can have permanent effects on the human psyche, and they can get worse with each additional head injury that is sustained. A number of lawsuits have been filed in recent years by former professional sports players who claim that they have suffered as a result of negligence by their respective sports organizations, both by preventing concussions from happening and for downplaying their dangerousness.

Although progress has been slow, movies such as “Concussion” and these recent lawsuits have finally prompted action from sports organizations around the world, and concussions are now a major health concern and are a firm part of public discussion.

If you have suffered from PCS

Injuries can occur every single day in millions of different ways. Many of the time, they are simply the result of accidents and are the fault of nobody. However, there are many other times when you are injured due to the direct result of somebody else’s negligence.  Whether it was a car accident where the other driver was drunk, or if you played an impact sport where the sports organization failed to provide head equipment that would properly protect you in the event of a traumatic head injury, you have suffered as the result of negligence.

Our team of attorneys at Altman & Altman LLP are impeccably experienced in personal injury suits, whether we have to fight against a negligent individual, a small organization or a multimillion dollar company, we simply will not stop until we get you the compensation you are entitled to. For a free consultation, call us at 617-492-3000 or toll free at 800-481-6199. We are available 24/7.