What You Need to Know about Second-Impact Syndrome if You Have Suffered a Brain Injury
It is not uncommon for a person who has suffered a concussion to hear that it is the mildest form of brain injury and to then assume that it is not serious. Nothing could be further from the truth. Not only can a concussion be serious on its own, but it can also lead to second-impact syndrome, which can be deadly. Keep reading to learn more and then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 to request a free legal consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Most People Heal from a Concussion within One Month – Unless they Are Injured Again
The good news is that concussions are not generally life-threatening. In most cases, a person will recover entirely within a month of the accident in which they suffered the injury. However, if they suffer a second concussion before the first concussion has been able to heal fully, this can be a fatal accident. Why? Because it can cause Second Impact Syndrome (SIS).
Second Impact Syndrome is a Catastrophic Injury
Unfortunately, SIS is a catastrophic injury that many do not survive. This is often a quick death, as the respiratory system generally fails within five minutes. Symptoms are sudden and immediate, including dilated pupils, loss of consciousness, and respiratory problems. This is a medical emergency that requires immediate emergency treatment.
Emergency Treatment Options
If the person experiencing SIS gets medical care quickly enough, they can be okay. Medical professionals will need to immediately stabilize them. They will then have to focus on the victim’s circulation and respiratory circulation. Neurosurgery may be required, or medications may be used, such as mannitol. This type of brain injury can require weeks or months in the hospital and there is likely to be lifelong disability.
Some of the impairments that can come with this injury include memory loss, neurological issues, and issues with mobility.
Steps That Can Prevent SIS
If you have suffered a concussion in a car accident or other type of accident, it is important to avoid situations that might cause a second head injury for at least a few weeks. This means you should not play sports, ride a bike, or take part in an activity that may involve falling. If your job puts you in danger, then you should not perform those duties until your doctor approves you to do so.
If you have been involved in an accident in which you have suffered this type of serious injury, or another serious injury, contact a personal injury attorney to find out what your options are. You can reach Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation today.