Head injuries can result in health and function impairments that can last a lifetime. According to research presented at the most recent American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, even an injury generally considered to be relatively mild – a concussion – can affect physical health and cognitive well-being for years, even decades. As such, personal injury lawsuits involving head injuries should address the potential of ongoing medical needs far beyond the initial injury recuperation period.
Surprising Concussion Research
Concussions are among the most common of head injuries, and typically seem to be fairly mild in comparison to other head injuries. However, that fairly mild appearance can be deceptive, as noted by Quebec Nature and Technologies Granting Agency’s scientific director, neuropsychologist Maryse Lassonde. A variety of physical and mental symptoms accompany a concussion.
These can include amnesia, headaches, sleep problems, nausea, vomiting, confusion, and depression. Such symptoms can be temporary, typically lessening in severity and then disappearing during the healing process. However, even when they fade during the recuperation from a concussion and are no longer present, the brain isn’t back to 100 percent function.
According to research that Lassonde participated in, concussions can leave abnormal brain wave patterns behind for years to come. Motor function neural communication pathways can “waste away,” to borrow a term from Medical News Today. That can result in mild motor difficulties that may become worse over time. Attention problems and other subtle cognitive function defects can occur. The damage concussions can leave behind is particularly apparent in older athletes, notable for a range of symptoms remarkably like the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.
Concussions should never be just brushed off as mild head injuries to be forgotten as soon as they seem to be mended. The evidence is clear that there could be long-term impact. Any head injury, no matter how seemingly mild, should be watched carefully. The brain is complex. Long-term damage may not be readily apparent, something that should be remembered when deciding whether or not to talk to a head injury lawyer.
Consulting Head Injury Lawyer Safest Choice
Even head injuries that seem to be mild when compared to other, more dramatic types of injuries or those where the long-term significance of the injury is fairly obvious should be discussed with an experienced head injury lawyer. In Nevada, there is a time limit on making personal injury claims. Furthermore, nobody wants to be in the situation of discovering that an injury will affect health and function far longer than initially expected when a lower settlement was accepted. Even minor head injuries require careful consideration before making any final decisions on whether or not to make a personal injury claim.