By: Allan M. Siegel
The coach of the Orlando Magic’s NBA Development League team, Bill
Peterson, is speaking out about his struggle to overcome the ongoing symptoms
of a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Peterson, who heads the Erie BayHawks,
suffered a concussion during a game in early January when one of his players
collided with Peterson on the court.
While he was able to finish the rest of that game, Peterson has been sidelined
for over two months, and continues to battle ongoing concussion symptoms,
including daily headaches, a sensitivity to light and loud noises, and
difficulties with balance. Peterson has said he simply isn’t feeling normal.
Peterson’s struggle with his concussion recovery is a prime example
of the unique and unpredictable impact
brain injuries can have on victims. While some victims who suffer a concussion, or mild
traumatic brain injury, see their symptoms dissipate in the days and weeks
following an injury, others can struggle with what is known as post-concussion
syndrome for much longer periods of time.
Post-concussion syndrome is a complex condition resulting from mild traumatic brain injury, and
it can have a profound impact on victims’ wellbeing and ability
to meet the demands of daily life. The condition is known for causing
lingering symptoms that can persist for months or up to a year or more,
- Frequent headaches
- Dizziness or nausea
- Mood changes, including irritability, depression, and anxiety
- Difficulty sleeping
- Memory or concentration problems
- Sensitivity to light and noise
Most people who experience post-concussion syndrome experience their symptoms
in the first few days following an injury, and the majority of them see
symptoms go away in a matter of weeks. For others, however, the struggle
can impact all areas of their life for months. It can also prevent victims
from being able to work, which was the case with Peterson, who took a
medical leave of absence following his injury.
Victims who suffer blows to their head in any type of accident, including
sports injuries, and falls, should always seek a medical evaluation, which can rule out
more serious injuries or issues in the brain. While there is still much
research to be done on brain injuries, prevention, and effective treatment,
there are available treatments that can provide some relief to victims
based on their symptoms. These may include medications for headaches or
migraines, cognitive therapy, and psychotherapy for lingering psychological symptoms.
Unfortunately, TBI victims for the most part must ride out their symptoms,
which can be incredibly burdensome if they persist for months. This is
precisely why working with an experienced attorney after a brain injury
is so critical to victims not only securing the medical treatment they
need, but also the financial compensation to cover their medical expenses,
lost income caused by missing work, and their pain and suffering, among
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our legal team has established
a reputation for being advocates for brain injury victims, and for supporting
a number of efforts that further brain injury awareness and legislation.
Our team has also been named
“Preferred Attorneys” for brain injury victims throughout the DC Metro area by the Brain Injury Association of America.
Over the years, we have recovered
millions of dollars on behalf of brain injury victims.
If you have questions regarding a
concussion or traumatic brain injury that resulted from an accident that was not
your fault, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm for more information
about your legal rights and whether you may have a valid claim for compensation.
Our DC brain injury lawyers proudly serve clients throughout Maryland,
Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
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