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Understanding The Long-Term Complications Of A Concussion After An Auto Accident

by John Sherrod

One of the reasons it is so important to consult with a car accident lawyer near Douglasville after a collision is because the full extent of your injuries may not be immediately apparent. A lawyer can help you get the right amount of compensation not only for your acute injuries but also the chronic complications that persist long after the initial injuries have healed. Concussions, for instance, are common in car accidents and can have long-lasting complications. Here are some of the ways a concussion can impact your health.

Post-Concussion Syndrome

After a concussion, many people recover within three months. However, some people experience what is known as post-concussion syndrome. Post-concussion syndrome symptoms can persist indefinitely, and they can affect people in different ways. To cope with post-concussion syndrome, patients usually require physical and occupational therapy. A car accident lawyer can help you get compensation for the time and expense of attending therapy to recover from your injury.

Long-Term Symptoms

Patients with post-concussion syndrome can experience a range of symptoms, including frequent headaches and dizziness. People may also struggle to complete tasks, be more irritable than normal, and generally not feel like themselves. These impacts can interfere with school and work and cause difficulties in personal relationships. Long-term memory problems can also persist after a concussion and cause people to feel like they function slower than they used to.

Treatment Options

Immediately after a car accident, get evaluated by a medical professional and talk to a car accident attorney. Keep in mind that concussion symptoms can take several weeks to appear, so if you develop new symptoms, see your doctor again to develop a care plan. With the information provided by the doctor about your case and the potential for long-term complications, your lawyer can determine what kind of compensation to seek.


John W. Sherrod is a Founding Partner of Sherrod & Bernard, P.C., who has represented injury victims and their families in Georgia for more than 30 years. A native of Marietta, Georgia, John graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia in 1984 and graduated from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law at the top of his class in 1987. In addition to his law practice, John is a frequent speaker at trial lawyer functions and an active member of several professional organizations, including the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and Southern Trial Lawyers Association.