If you suffer a concussion, such as at your place of employment, you hope that following the treatment plan outlined by your medical team is enough to make a fast and full recovery.
But even if you do what your doctor suggests, you could still suffer from post-concussion syndrome.
This complex disorder is associated with a variety of symptoms, many of which can last for several weeks or months after the initial injury.
The primary symptoms of post-concussion syndrome include:
- Ringing in the ears
- Loss of memory and concentration
- Blurry vision
How to prevent post-concussion syndrome
Since there is so much gray area in regard to the cause of post-concussion syndrome, there’s no surefire way to protect against it. However, it is important to note that avoiding another head injury reduces the likelihood of post-concussion syndrome.
Some of the things you can do include:
- Avoid driving whenever possible
- Don’t partake in physical activity
- Be careful of where you’re walking, to avoid a slip-and-fall accident
Diagnosis and treatment of post-concussion syndrome
If you suspect post-concussion syndrome, work with your doctor to pinpoint exactly what’s happening. They can run a variety of tests, such as an MRI and CT scan, for a closer look at your brain, including any abnormalities that may be causing issues.
In the event of a post-concussion syndrome diagnosis, your doctor will outline a treatment schedule to follow until symptoms subside. This typically includes:
- Additional rest
- Avoiding physically and mentally straining activity
- Medication for pain and discomfort
With the help of your doctor, you can learn more about post-concussion syndrome and how it will affect your life.
Since you don’t want to push yourself too hard, too fast, don’t hesitate to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits if you’ve suffered a concussion on the job. Attempting to return to work before your doctor signs off on it can cause additional harm.
If your initial workers’ compensation claim is denied, review the denial letter to find out why. This is also where you’ll learn more about the appeals process.
You have legal rights with respect to receiving workers’ compensation benefits, so don’t let your employer get the best of you.