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Long-Term Effects of a Concussion

Long-Term Effects of a Concussion

Potential Effects of Concussions and Other Traumatic Brain Injuries

If you have experienced a concussion, you may be well-acquainted with the immediate, short-term symptoms, such as:

  • - Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event
  • - Confusion
  • - Dazed expression
  • - Fatigue
  • - Headache or migraine
  • - Mental “fogginess”
  • - Sensation of intracranial pressure
  • - Sloppy, slurred, or strange speech
  • - Temporary loss of consciousness
  • - Tinnitus or ringing in the ears
  • - Vomiting and nausea

Many people begin to see reduced symptoms in a matter of days or weeks, but others may continue to experience the symptoms of brain trauma for months, or even years. When concussions are severe, the effects may linger for much longer, and people experiencing prolonged symptoms may begin to have functional challenges related to:

  • - Memory
  • - Reasoning
  • - Sight
  • - Physical balance
  • - Cognition
  • - Communication and understanding
  • - Healthy or rational expression of emotions
  • - Depression and anxiety
  • - Socially inappropriate behavior
  • - Epilepsy

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who experience traumatic brain injuries are much more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, cognitive disorders, and other debilitating issues. Just like the aforementioned reduction in cognitive, communicative, linguistic, and emotional functionality, such disorders can create massive personal and financial costs for affected persons.

These can create a need for expensive, long-term care, which may include:

  • - Surgeries
  • - Medication
  • - Concussion rehabilitation
  • - Inpatient care
  • - Visits with medical specialists
  • - Counseling and other mental health care
  • - Assistive technology (walkers, motorized wheelchairs, etc.)
  • - Home renovations to accommodate new limitations
  • - In-home health care
  • - Private nursing

When concussions continue to produce long-term symptoms, such costs can last for years (even for the rest of an affected person’s life). However, people experiencing the prolonged effects of a concussion typically are not able to continue working in the same capacity, reducing their income, savings, and ability to afford necessary medical treatment. As a result, it may become necessary for such persons to seek legal representation in order to obtain compensation for their concussion-related costs.

Brain Injury Attorneys Serving Clients in Sedalia for Over 20 Years

Out of all traumatic brain injuries, 75 percent are concussions. Many of these concussions are caused in car accidents, workplace accidents, and other mishaps caused by the negligence of another person or entity. If you or someone you love has suffered in a negligence-based accident and sustained a serious concussion as a result, our team here at Kempton & Russell may be able to help you pursue the compensation you deserve. We have been serving injured clients for more than 20 years, and we are prepared to evaluate your case for free.

Call (660) 722-4115 today to speak to a brain injury lawyer in Missouri.