Many people in Ontario do not realize that a concussion is a traumatic brain injury, and they fail to seek medical care after a car accident, fall, violent assault or head impact on a sports field. Sometimes, such brain injuries heal quickly, but it could leave a victim with post-concussion syndrome. It is unpredictable because not all concussion victims develop PCS, and symptoms can appear soon after impact or they can be delayed for weeks or months.
Doctors will look for symptoms like headaches, light and noise sensitivity, vertigo, and dizziness before diagnosing the condition as PCS. Other possible signs include difficulty concentrating and remembering, fatigue, insomnia or other changes in sleep patterns. Personality changes such as apathy, restlessness, anxiety, irritability and depression can also indicate post-concussion syndrome.
Every concussion is unique, and PCS symptoms will depend on the location and severity of the injury to the brain. If at least three of these symptoms are present, a doctor will likely diagnose PCS. However, in some cases, a CT scan or MRI may be requested to check for brain abnormalities. The severity of the concussion plays no role in the development of PCS, and it is not known why only some TBI victims develop these lingering symptoms.
Victims of brain injuries and subsequent post-concussion syndrome may be overwhelmed by the financial impact of medical bills, the cost of ongoing therapy and, most likely, lost income due to the inability to return to work for an extended period. If the injuries were caused by the negligence, recklessness or bad intent of another party, there might be grounds to pursue financial relief through the Ontario civil justice system. A lawyer who has experience in dealing with TBI claims can provide invaluable support and guidance throughout the ensuing legal proceedings.