The Concussion Injury Lawyers at the Schmidt Salita Law Team are dedicated to providing justice to the victims of concussion injuries that are so often overlooked by both the medical community and the legal community.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team is comprised of lawyers and legal assistants who work with members of the health care community that are trained and experienced in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of concussion injuries.
The Concussion Injury Lawyers at the Schmidt Salita Law Team offer legal and personal care and attention to the victims of concussion injuries. They know that concussion victims often suffer extreme sensitivity to bright lights. They want to share information about symptoms of light sensitivity that frequently occur after concussion injuries.
CONCUSSION RELATED LIGHT SENSITIVITY
Light Sensitivity Is a Common Symptom of Concussion Injury.
Light sensitivity is a common side effect of concussions and brain injuries. Light sensitivity sometimes referred to as “photophobia” which literally translates to “fear of light”. However, phtophobia is not necessarily “fear” of light. Usually it is only extreme sensitivity to light.
Victims of concussion related light sensitivity typically respond as follows:
-By avoiding bright sunlight and fluorescent lights.
-By wearing sunglasses and caps or hats to shade their eyes, even when indoors.
-By avoiding driving a moter vehicle in bright sunlight or with oncoming bright headlights.
-By experiencing headaches when exposed to bright lights.
A recent study of the US Department of Defense revealed that nearly 70% of US soldiers who had suffered a concussion experience abnormal light sensitivity.
If the light sensitivity came on after a head injury, even after a delay, and in association with other symptoms of a concussion, it is highly likely that the light sensitivity is the result of the brain injury.
What Causes Light Sensitivity After a Head Injury?
Concussion related light sensitivity can be caused by injury to one or all of the following areas of the brain:
Thalamus: The thalamus is a region of the brain that acts as a filter for all visual information. It can become dysregulated by neurovascular coupling as the result of a concussion injury, causing the brain to be overwhelmed by too much visual information.
Autonomic Nervous System (ANS): The auatonomic nervous system controls many subconscious human processes, including heart rate, breathing, blood pressure and, yes, dilation of the pupils of the eyes which can cause light sensitivity.
Vestibular System: The human brain uses three systems to control our proprioception (our ability to sense where we are relative to things around us), namely our inner ear vestibular system, our vision, and our sense of touch. Dysregulation of the inter-action of these three systems can cause an overload of sensory information, including excessive sensitivity to light.
Superior Colliculus: The superior colliculus in located in the midbrain and responsible for visual mapping and coordination of vision with other sense. If dysfunctional, it can contribute to the increase of multiple senses, including vision.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team Handles a Wide Variety of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team handles cases involving car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian car accidents, and bicycle accidents. It has many years’ experience in workers compensation , products liability and medical malpractice cases.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has extensive experience with concussion injuries, traumatic brain injuries, neck and back injuries, whiplash injuries, broken bones, injured joint injuries (knee, hip, shoulder, wrist, ankle, spinal), amputation injuries, and vision and eye injuries.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has offices throughout the State of Minnesota. Its primary location is at Ridgedale Office Center in Minnetonka, near the intersection of I-394 and I494. The offices are ground level, handicap accessible with ample parking.
The Schmidt Salita Team Offers Contingent Fee Arrangements.
The firm offers contingent fee agreements (You don’t pay lawyers fees until you collect and then only as a percentage of the settlement). It also offers home and hospital visits to clients whose injuries present difficulty in coming to the office.
“PERSONAL INJURY WITH PERSONAL ATTENTION TO EACH CASE”.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has locations throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Osseo, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Brooklyn Center, Fridley, Blaine, Shoreview, Woodbury, Falcon Heights, Columbia Park, Stillwater, Hastings, Inver Grove, Cottage Grove, South St. Paul, Apple Valley, Eagan, Burnsville, Savage, Shakopee, Richfield, Bloomington, Chaska, Chanhassen, Edina, Eden Prairie, and Hopkins.
Additional Concussion Resources:
- http://physicians.cattonline.com/resources/files/amssm-position -statement-concussions-in-sports.pdf