It’s just a bump on the head right? Just one small concussion so it shouldn’t be a big deal – right? Wrong.
Just one concussion can cause long-term structural brain damage, according to a new study released earlier this year. Researchers at the NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City used a 3D MRI to examine the volume of brain matter in 19 concussion patients over the year after their injury. They also studied 12 individuals who had not had a concussion. The concussion patients scans’ revealed measurable brain atrophy, compared to healthy individuals who had not sustained a concussion. This finding directly counters popular belief that concussions are “no big deal.”
Dr. Yvonne Lui, neuroradiology section chief and assistant professor of radiology at the NYU Langone School of Medicine believes that this is a big breakthrough in understanding concussions and their long-term effects. After all, it is the first study to show the brain atrophy that occurs after a seemingly minor head injury – not just in those who suffer from traumatic brain injuries.
If you or someone you love has suffered a concussion in a car accident, sporting accident, or slip and fall, it is important to consider these recent findings when filing a claim. Understanding the long-term consequences and complications you face is critical when seeking compensation. Insurance companies don’t want to pay concussion victims the maximum compensation to which they are entitled. Instead, they will try to reduce the settlement by claiming that concussions aren’t a serious injury – even though previous research has shown that 10% to 20% of all concussion patients continue to experience symptoms a year or more after their head injury.
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What symptoms could you experience long-term? Following a concussion, some individuals experience:
- Difficulty with balance or coordination
- Memory loss
- Attention problems
These symptoms may make it difficult to work, enjoy your lifestyle, and maintain relationships. Any injury settlement you agree to should take into account all the long-term complications you could face.
Contact A Pueblo Concussion Lawyer Today
Attorneys at Smith Smith understands the issues facing concussion accident victims. He knows how devastating these injuries can be and how ruthless insurance companies can be when trying to settle these claims. As such, never sign a settlement without first calling us! Call Pueblo attorney Smith & Smith, today for a FREE CONSULTATION – (719) 544-0062. We can help you during this tough time so you can focus on your recovery.