Recognizing potential long-term complications of concussion

On Behalf of | Aug 4, 2023 | Traumatic Brain Injuries

The first few days following a concussion are significant as that period puts the individual at increased risk of further injury and long-term complications. Although most people recognize the short-term effects of concussion, post-concussion syndrome often leads to long-term challenges. Suffering a subsequent injury in the days or weeks after a concussion can worsen those long-term effects.

Recognize the complications that can linger so you can fight for fair and adequate compensation in your personal injury claim.

Cognitive challenges

Long and short-term memory loss, disorientation and confusion can linger following a traumatic brain injury such as a concussion. When these challenges last, they can interfere with your daily life and may even lead to a need for ongoing support.

Behavior issues

Concussion sometimes causes neurological effects that alter behavior. Loss of impulse control, angry outbursts, irritability and anxiety are some of the most common challenges. Some individuals develop issues with multi-tasking and executive function as well as depression and emotional disconnection. These challenges interfere with personal relationships and affect your quality of life.

Sleep complications

Any trauma to the brain can disrupt or damage the neurons that regulate your body’s circadian rhythm and control your sleep and waking cycles. When you struggle with insufficient sleep, that not only affects your body’s ability to heal and recover, but it can cause long-term cognitive effects as well.

Recognizing the long-term complications from concussion makes it easier to assign a value to your claim. Consider these challenges and the effects they have on your daily life to ensure that you receive fair compensation.