Short and Long Term Effects of Concussions
Traumatic brain injury can, and often does, lead to brain damage. Also, concussions can lead to serious physical, emotional, and cognitive symptoms. Recent research suggests that the detrimental effects of even one concussion may linger for 30 years or longer in a person's life. The implications from repeated concussions are even more serious.
What are the short-term and long-term consequences of a concussion?
Short-Term Concussive Effects (lasting a few hours to a few weeks) - these symptoms may appear immediately after the blow/trauma leading to the concussion or may appear after a few days or weeks
- change in sleep patterns
- tinnitus (Ringing in ears)
- blurred vision/seeing stars
- being dazed
- difficulty with mobility or coordination
- loss of consciousness
- mood swings and change in personality
- fear of future harm
- feeling helpless to protect self and family
- overarching anxiety
- feeling easily overwhelmed
- partial or total memory loss
- loss of concentration
- slow reaction time
- difficulty talking and communication
Long-Term Concussive Effects (these symptoms will last a few months to many years)
- long-term memory loss
- emotional distress
- slowing of some types of movements
- increased possibility of suicide attempts
Concussions are cumulative and recovery from traumatic brain injury can be daunting. This means that each time you have a concussion it is easier to get another concussion in the future, and the short and long-term effects of each repeated concussions become more severe. Even one concussion can lead to severe short-term and long-term effects however.
Most concussions are not too serious, but as discussed above, even one can lead to serious short and long-term consequences.
If you have experienced a concussion or other severe brain injury due to the negligence or criminal behavior of another individual, you may be entitled to compensation as a result of the injury. Call a traumatic brain injury lawyer to discuss your rights.
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