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Orlando Basketball Coach Concussion Recovery Highlights Struggle of Ongoing Brain Injury Symptoms

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, including:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Dizziness or nausea
  • Fatigue
  • 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 car accidents, 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 other damages.

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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