Post-Concussion Syndrome Lawyers in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Concussions are a common injury; people suffer concussions frequently from all manner of occurrences, including slip and fall accidents, car accidents, and more. Typically, the symptoms of a concussion last for a few days to a few weeks; sometimes, these symptoms can persist for weeks or months after the initial injury. When they last that long, these symptoms can disrupt your daily life and put a financial strain on both you and your family.

If your loved one has suffered because of persistent post-concussive syndrome after a head injury, and you feel your injury was the result of another’s negligence, you may wish to speak with a head injury attorney in Albuquerque and have your case evaluated. Consulting experienced, professional legal counsel in Arizona is only a phone call away. Contact Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers.

Concussion FAQS

According to the CDC, between 2001 and 2009, an estimated 173,285 people under age 19 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for concussions. The causes of these concussions include car and bicycle accidents, work-related injuries, falls, sports, recreational activities, and fighting. Concussions are actually fairly common; it has been estimated that a mild brain trauma is sustained every 21 seconds in the U.S.

What Is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury; it is the most common and least severe type of traumatic brain injury. It is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Rapid movement causes brain tissue to change shape, and this change in shape can stretch and damage brain cells.

The damage to the brain cells can cause chemical and metabolic changes within them, making it more difficult for cells to function and communicate; the effects of a concussion can be far-reaching. While they are usually not life-threatening, a concussion can change a person’s life. This is because the brain is the body’s control center, and any damage or change to it can have devastating consequences if left untreated.

The severity of concussions is based on a grading system used by doctors. These gradings are based on things like loss of consciousness, amnesia, and loss of equilibrium. There are three grades of concussions:

  • Grade 1: Mild, with symptoms that last less than 15 minutes and involve no loss of consciousness
  • Grade 2: Moderate, with symptoms that last longer than 15 minutes and involve no loss of consciousness
  • Grade 3: Severe, in which the person loses consciousness, sometimes for just a few seconds

What Is Persistent Post-Concussive Syndrome?

Persistent Post-Concussive Syndrome, also known as Post-Concussive Syndrome, is the persistence of concussion symptoms beyond the normal course of recovery. You don’t have to lose consciousness to experience persistent post-concussive symptoms. Post-Concussive Syndrome is quite common in those who have suffered concussions.

Most concussion symptoms typically resolve within about two weeks to a month. When symptoms last longer than a month or even two, this may indicate to your doctor that you are suffering from Post-Concussive Syndrome. Patients can experience concussion-like symptoms at rest or in response to too much physical or cognitive activity.

These symptoms can cause patients to withdraw from their usual physical, professional, and social lives. If you have been experiencing concussion symptoms for a month or more, you should speak with your doctor immediately.

What Are the Symptoms of Concussions and Post-Concussive Syndrome?

A concussion can be tricky to diagnose because it is an injury that cannot be seen. Signs and symptoms may not appear immediately and can present themselves days or weeks after the initial injury. Furthermore, symptoms can last for as little as a few seconds to as long as two weeks.

The symptoms are the same for both conditions; it is the length of time the symptoms persist that differentiates a concussion from persistent post-concussive syndrome. There are some common physical, mental, and emotional symptoms a person may display following a concussion. Signs of traumatic brain injury include:

  • Confusion or feeling dazed
  • Clumsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headache
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light, noise, or both
  • Sluggishness
  • Ringing in ears
  • Irritability or other behavior or personality changes
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of memory or forgetfulness
  • Fatigue or sleepiness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Problems with sleep
  • Depression
  • Problems with taste or smell

Post-concussion headaches can vary and may feel like tension-type headaches or migraines, though they more often feel like the former. These types of headaches are more likely to occur if you also suffered from a neck injury when the concussion occurred.

What Are the Causes and Risk Factors of Persistent Post-Concussion Syndrome?

The causes of post-concussive syndrome are not clear. There isn’t a definitive way to know whether a person will or will not develop the condition after suffering from a concussion.

Some doctors believe PCS is caused by structural damage to the brain or disruption of the messaging system within the nerves caused by the initial concussion, while others believe symptoms are related to psychological factors. This is because the most common symptoms (headache and issues with sleep) are similar to those often experienced by people diagnosed with depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Risk factors for developing persistent post-concussive syndrome include age and sex; the older a patient is, the more likely he or she is to develop PCS. Women are also more likely to suffer from PCS after experiencing a concussion.

Other factors that heighten the risk of developing PCS in patients include a history of anxiety and depression, significant life stressors, and inadequate support systems. Unfortunately, there are no known ways to prevent post-concussion syndrome. The best way to prevent the development of symptoms is to avoid the head injury in the first place.

How Is Persistent Post-Concussive Syndrome Diagnosed and Treated?

Diagnosis for persistent post-concussive syndrome is similar to diagnosing a concussion. The symptoms are the same, and diagnosis consists of measuring how long the symptoms have persisted since the concussion occurred. There is no formal treatment for post-concussive syndrome, but a doctor will treat the individual symptoms as they come.

Concussions and Negligence

Head injuries can be caused by countless kinds of situations. Sometimes, these situations occur due to the actions or inactions of other people. A few examples of such situations include:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Nursing home abuse or neglect
  • Workplace accidents

When these situations occur due to another’s negligence, it is possible to hold that person or persons responsible for your injury. An experienced lawyer, like our at Zinda Law Group, will be able to evaluate your case and assist you in filing a personal injury claim against those who may be responsible.

What Can I Recover?

Post-concussion symptoms affect some people for months or years; these victims may be unable to work or perform daily tasks. Some need ongoing medical care and extensive rehabilitative therapy. If this describes you, you may be able to recover the costs associated with your injury in the form of compensatory damages; these types of damages include both economic and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages are the actual, monetary costs of your injury; these types of damages include

  • medical bills,
  • lost wages,
  • rehabilitation costs,
  • and other unanticipated costs of your injury such as transportation needs.

Noneconomic damages cover the mental and emotional toll the injury has taken on your life, and are recovered in the form of compensation for pain and suffering. An experienced brain injury lawyer can assist you in recovering the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.

Speak With a Lawyer As Soon As Possible

As with all personal injury cases, time is of the essence; if you believe that your concussion and subsequent post-concussive syndrome has come about due to another person’s negligence, contact a lawyer right away. There are time constraints known as statutes of limitations involved in civil cases, and an experienced head injury lawyer will be able to assess your case and get to work quickly to ensure you will receive the maximum amount of damages compensation to which you are entitled.

Finding the right lawyer may seem difficult, but there are plenty of resources available to make the process easier. A good option to find a brain injury attorney in New Mexico is through the American Bar Association online, or even the New Mexico Bar Association’s website. You can also check websites of smaller bar associations within New Mexico, such as the Albuquerque Bar Association, if you are looking for a brain injury lawyer in Albuquerque.

You should choose a personal injury attorney who has the experience and skill needed to handle your case, as well as a track record of success in pursuing personal injury claims. Zinda Law Group’s personal injury lawyers in New Mexico have experience with traumatic brain injury claims and an outstanding record of success in handling these matters for our clients.

How Zinda Can Help You

If you or a loved one has suffered complications due to persistent post-concussive syndrome, you may feel at a loss over what to do next. Our experienced brain injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group can assist you with recovering the costs associated with you or your loved one’s injury and recovery. Our experienced head injury lawyers will guide you through the often complex legal system to help file your claim and ensure you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to.

We will take care of the legal work so you can focus on yourself and your family during this time of recovery. You can enjoy having less to worry about because if we do not win your case, you will not be expected to pay any fees; this is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee. So, if you or a loved one has suffered from persistent post-concussive syndrome after a concussion due to someone else’s negligence, call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 and schedule your free initial consultation with one of our traumatic brain injury lawyers.

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