Before you start your daily commute between New Hampshire and Vermont in the morning, you may check out the traffic maps on the news to see if there are any car accidents on your route that could make you late for work.
What you generally do not expect, though, is that you could be involved in one of those early-morning car crashes. If you are in a car crash, you could suffer a concussion, an injury that could be more serious and long-lasting than you or others expect.
Persistent concussion symptoms
If you suffer a concussion in a car crash, and the symptoms do not go away, you may have persistent post-concussive syndrome.
Persistent post-concussion syndrome sufferers experience the symptoms of even a mild concussion for much longer than normal. This can greatly decrease their quality of life for many weeks to months.
Generally, concussion symptoms become apparent within 10 days of the initial injury. It can take about three months to fully recover from a concussion. But if your concussion symptoms last a year or more, you may be experiencing persistent post-concussive syndrome.
If you have persistent post-concussive syndrome, you could suffer from:
- Tension-like headaches or migraines
- Dizziness or blurry vision
- Anxiousness or irritability
- Insomnia or conversely, over-tiredness
- Memory and concentration issues
- Sensitivity to light and sounds
Persistent post-concussive syndrome can make it difficult to live a normal life.
An invisible injury
Persistent post-concussive syndrome is often referred to as an invisible injury. This is because it can go unnoticed by family, friends or even medical professionals.
Your symptoms may be dismissed as mere complaining or attributed to a source other than the concussion. So, many people with persistent post-concussive syndrome suffer in silence.
What you should not suffer, though, is receiving no justice from the person who caused the car crash that led to your concussion. This is especially true if the responsible driver was negligent.
If you were injured in a car crash because of another driver’s negligence and now suffer from persistent post-concussive syndrome, you might be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.
The compensation from such a claim can be used to cover medical expenses, loss of income and compensate you for the pain and suffering your ongoing concussion symptoms have caused.