Poll finds one in three concussion victims suffer long-term effects

Almost one in four Americans has suffered a concussion, many experience long-term effects.

Think concussions are only the concern of professional football players? Think again. A recent study by National Public Radio and Truven Health Analytics reports that 23 percent of the population has suffered from a concussion. Of those with a concussion, nearly 33 percent have experienced long-term effects.

Data for this poll was gathered through from over 3,000 participants. These individuals were asked a number of questions, including whether or not they had suffered from a concussion and if long-term effects were an issue. Long-term effects noted in the poll included headaches, concentration and memory issues, balance or vertigo symptoms and problems with coordination.

Four common indicators of a concussion

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) note that there are four common symptom categories that are used to diagnose the presence of a concussion. These indicators are:

  • Concentration and memory issues. These symptoms may include problems thinking clearly or difficulties with concentration.
  • Physical symptoms. Headaches, nausea, dizziness and balance problems are all common physician indicators.
  • Changes in mood. Symptoms can also include sudden problems with anxiety, irritability or depression.
  • Problems with sleep. A sudden change in sleeping patterns, either more or less than usual, is also a red flag.

It is important to note that not all of these symptoms are immediate. Some may develop days or months after the accident that led to the injury.

Three top causes of traumatic brain injuries

The CDC also notes that severe head injuries, referred to as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a "major cause of death and disability in the United States." The federal agency reports that three leading causes of these injuries include:

  • Falls. 47 percent of TBIs are the result of falls.
  • "Struck" incidents. Getting hit by an object or pushed against an object is the second leading cause of these injuries.
  • Motor vehicle accidents. These crashes compose the third most common cause of a TBI.

The cause of injury varies depending on the age of the victim. Of these common causes, those ranging in age from 5 to 24 were most likely to suffer a fatal TBI due to a car crash while falls were most common for those that are either very young or over the age of 65.

Remedies for TBI victims

Those who suffer from a TBI that is the result of another's negligence may qualify for legal remedies. A civil suit may be available if the injury is the result of another's negligence. One common example involves car accidents. If the other driver was responsible for the car accident and you or a loved one suffered a TBI, the driver can be held accountable through a personal injury lawsuit. This can lead to monetary awards to cover costs like medical expenses and lost wages as well as pain and suffering. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss your options.