Concussions Often Result in Far More than a Headache: Learn the Side Effects and Protect Your Health

A concussion, also known as a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), can lead to everything from short-term memory loss to long-term personality change. Whether you sustained a concussion due to a car crash, fall, or blow to the head, it is important that you know all the potential side effects. Likewise, please do not assume that "you should be fine by now" simply because an emergency room doctor told you it was "only a concussion." Too many people in South Carolina suffer lingering effects of mTBI and choose not to pursue proper medical care because they have been convinced that a concussion is a minor incident. Any injury to the brain must be taken seriously, and all symptoms should be properly addressed.  

Possible Side Effects of a Concussion

While more than 85% of concussion victims make a full recovery within the weeks and months following the injury, nearly 15% experience persistent, sometimes lifelong effects.

Each of the following issues is a known symptom of concussion:

  • headaches;
  • nausea;
  • light sensitivity;
  • audio sensitivity;
  • dizziness;
  • lack of balance;
  • memory loss;
  • difficulty concentrating;
  • mood swings;
  • depression;
  • restlessness; and
  • sleeplessness.

If you sustained head trauma, and are experiencing any of these symptoms, let your doctor know. In addition, if these symptoms are still present more than 2 weeks after your concussion, I suggest seeking a referral to a neurologist who focuses on TBI. All neurologists are by definition "brain doctors," though many of them focus on areas other than acquired brain injury. 

Seeking Guidance from an Attorney Who Places Special Emphasis on Brain Injury Cases

I come from a family of doctors, but my love for the law drove me to this profession. Nonetheless, I have always had a strong interest in neuroscience, and therefore sought ways to combine my passions. I found that representing brain injury victims allows me to apply South Carolina law in a way that achieves my greatest goal - ensuring that innocent victims receive medical treatment and justice.

Often times, the side effects of a concussion go undiagnosed or undervalued because no one takes time to find out every difference and symptom that resulted from the head trauma. Not only will I listen to you, I will also work to ensure that you receive medical care from the best doctors in the field. 

You do not have to feel alone or isolated with your injury – I am here to answer your questions, provide guidance, and seek justice. For a free consultation, call me today at 803-790-2800.


Kenneth Berger
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Columbia and Myrtle Beach car accident and personal injury lawyer dedicated to securing justice for clients.