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Social distancing makes brain injuries more challenging

For TBI victims in Ontario, being isolated while attempting to cope with post-concussion syndrome is tough. PCS is a condition that develops after repeated incidents of concussion or mild traumatic brain injuries. It typically involves complex psychological and physical hurdles, and having to cope while isolated poses additional challenges.

Post-concussion syndrome is diagnosed when TBI victims have persistent symptoms for longer than the typical period after suffering concussions. It happens when three or more symptoms of traumatic brain injuries classified as moderate or mild persist for a period exceeding one month. The symptoms could include sleeping problems, dizziness, headaches, irritability, anxiety and depression as well as cognitive symptoms like concentration or memory problems.

Under normal circumstances, PCS patients typically find it difficult to adjust to the changes to what was normal before the incident that caused brain injury or concussion. One of the hurdles for PCS patients is re-engaging in professional and personal relationships. Those who experience deterioration of skills might lose confidence and withdraw from or avoid participation in activities that were part of their lives before they suffered brain injuries.

Lockdowns and social distancing deny PCS patients conventional support and access to mental health assistance and medical intervention. During this challenging time, maintaining relationships with friends, family and other loved ones is essential. While the financial consequences could be overwhelming, the Ontario civil justice system allows those who suffered brain injuries due to other party's negligence to pursue financial relief by filing personal injury lawsuits. Their documented claims can include current and future medical expenses and emotional damages.

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