Motorcycle helmets can and do prevent serious and often fatal head injuries when a motorcyclist is involved in a crash. However, they don’t necessarily prevent concussions, which occur when the brain moves against the skull or is shaken back and forth. Therefore, it’s not uncommon for a motorcyclist who’s involved in a crash to suffer a concussion.
Symptoms of a concussion typically dissipate within days or weeks if a person gets proper medical care. However, sometimes they can continue for months or even longer. That’s known as post-concussion syndrome. These symptoms can include:
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light and/or noise
- Memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating
A concussion can also cause mood and even personality changes. Obviously, a person dealing with one or more of these symptoms for a lengthy period may be unable to return to work or school or even take care of their family or themselves properly.
Who is most likely to develop post-concussion syndrome?
The severity of the concussion is only one factor that may determine whether a person develops post-concussion syndrome. Some medical professionals say that people who have pre-existing issues like depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are more likely to suffer from it.
If you have suffered a concussion in a car crash (or in any other type of accident), it’s crucial to remain under a doctor’s care for as long as the symptoms persist. If you’re seeking compensation because the accident was the fault of another person, be sure you don’t reach a settlement until you know how long and how much you’ll be impacted by your concussion and any other injuries. Having legal guidance can help you ensure that you don’t sign away your rights to the compensation you need.