Among athletes and those with physically-demanding jobs, concussions are an everyday risk. While milder knocks won’t have any long-lasting effects on a patient’s life, a serious concussion can cause permanent damage that can affect that patient’s ability to do his/her job and enjoy a normal life. In this article, we answer concussion FAQs and explain how a concussion expert witness can assist you in your case.
At Cardinal LifeCare Consulting, we have access to a range of medical specialists with experience working on medical malpractice and personal injury cases. These witnesses can assess the patient’s condition, determine whether the concussion has led to long-term damage, and testify on their findings. Call 724-487-0519 today to speak to a member of our team.
What Is a Concussion?
Simply put, a concussion is a brain injury. A patient would not necessarily have to experience a loss of consciousness to have sustained a concussion. Impact to the head or extreme force on the spine that cause the brain to “bounce” in the skull can lead to changes in brain function that can result in dizziness, confusion, memory loss, and many other symptoms. For most, these symptoms are temporary, but some victims suffer long-term or permanent complications and impairments.
Do Concussion Symptoms Vary From Patient to Patient?
No two concussions are the same. Not only are there differences in how patients will recover, the symptoms can also depend on many personal factors such as age, general health, etc. For example, patients with a history of migraines, learning disabilities, or a past concussion, can often take longer to heal than those who have not been affected by the same issues. Typically, women take longer to recover from a concussion than men.
How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Concussion?
Usually it takes between 7 to 10 days to fully recover. However, as we mentioned in the answer to the question above, the recovery time is dependent on a range of personal factors. It can also depend on the “Grade” of concussion the patient suffered. A Grade 2 concussion, which is characterized by a prolonged feeling of confusion, dizziness, or dazedness, may require just a few days of rest to fully heal. However, a Grade 4 concussion, wherein the patient loses consciousness for longer than a minute, may take weeks. More serious concussions can also alter the brain’s chemistry, affecting functions such as speech, taste, and smell.
Speak With a Concussion Expert Witness Today
Are you a personal injury attorney working on a case involving a patient with a concussion? At Cardinal LifeCare Consulting we can connect you with a concussion expert witness to help you build your case and testify during litigation or trial. Contact us today at 724-487-0519 to find out more.