Concussion symptoms typically resolve within about 14 days. However, in some cases, the symptoms continue beyond one or two months. When that happens, a patient could be diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome (PCS).
Who is more likely to suffer from PCS?
The development of PCS in concussion patients is unpredictable. However, researchers have pointed out the role that demographic variables play. Younger people and men are less likely to get PSC than older adults and women. In addition, the severity of the concussion and the patient’s medical history could play a role in the risk level.
How does PCS affect a person’s life?
Post-concussion syndrome can disrupt every aspect of a patient’s life. While managing the usual concussion symptoms, the person will learn how and when normal daily activities intensify their symptoms. That means they might have to adjust and restructure all aspects of their lives to avoid situations and activities that worsen the symptoms.
For children with PCS, it could mean frequent absences from school. Parents might have to stop their children’s participation in extracurricular activities and sports. In some severe cases, the impact of PCS is severe enough to force children to repeat a grade.
When it comes to adults, their professional, personal and family lives could be affected. Furthermore, it could adversely affect their ability to communicate and focus, resulting in problems at work. It could even necessitate a career change.
How to deal with the financial impact of PCS
Traumatic brain injuries and post-concussion syndrome might affect the rest of your life and could cause an unanticipated financial burden. However, if the incident that caused your initial concussion resulted from the negligence of another party, you might have a viable claim for damage recovery. This would involve the filing of a personal injury lawsuit in an Ontario civil court. Documented claims may include past and future financial, emotional and quality-of-life losses. An experienced personal injury lawyer can be immensely valuable in advocating on your behalf.