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Long-term symptoms creep up on brain trauma victims

Common sources of concussions include sports injuries and car crashes. Even injury victims who do not suffer from brain bleeding or skull fractures face a chance of long-term cognitive and emotional symptoms. One Ohio woman who was recently interviewed exemplifies the problem of persistent concussion consequences.

After being in what seemed to be a minor car accident in a parking lot, she thought she had recovered from her injuries. Symptoms that included a grumpy emotional state, forgetfulness and headaches gradually began to impact her life. She could no longer ignore her cognitive deterioration when she drove to the wrong house to pick up her son. At that point, she sought medical help and began receiving psychological therapy.

According to the National Institutes of Health, she was among the 20 percent of concussion victims who experience long-term and debilitating symptoms. Medical researchers emphasize the importance of monitoring concussion victims to make sure they are recovering. Repeated exposure to brain trauma, like that experienced by NFL athletes, leads to degenerative brain disease. Dementia and depression often result among untreated victims who may not realize the source of their suffering.

Because of the chance of a life-altering disability after a concussion, a person who suffers a head trauma in an automobile accident caused by another driver should remain vigilant for lingering problems and seek medical treatment. If emerging symptoms reduce the person's quality of life and ability to work, then a personal injury attorney might be of assistance in filing a lawsuit against the at-fault motorist seeking compensation for the losses that have been incurred.

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