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What to know if a family member has post-concussion syndrome

On Behalf of | Aug 23, 2021 | Brain Injuries |

Car accident victims often underestimate the severity of concussions. Concussions cause mild brain injuries, and most cases resolve within about 14 to 30 days. However, sometimes, the symptoms persist beyond one or two months. Those cases are often diagnosed as post-concussion syndrome (PCS).

Coping with PCS

PCS could severely affect one’s social, professional and physical life. However, it is not typically a permanent condition. Any activities that require brain power could become problematic. Schoolwork, careers, hobbies and more have to be pushed to the back burner during the slow recovery of the brain. 

PCS is a marathon, not a sprint

People with PCS might find it easier to cope if they accept that it will be a long haul. Recovery goals will be in weeks or months instead of days. They can expect good and bad days, with periods of improvement and plateaus. If recovery is on track, eventually, there will be more good than bad days. 

Post-concussion syndrome can cause ongoing concussion symptoms during times of cognitive or physical activity. In many cases, the patients withdraw and isolate themselves from others. During the long recovery period, the family members of the PCS patient have to cope with the changes in their loved one while staying positive and help with taking it day by day. 

The financial impact

The financial toll of medical expenses, lost income and other losses could be devastating during all this time. However, if there is proof that the accident that caused the initial concussion resulted from another party’s negligence, there might be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. If such a claim is successfully presented in an Ontario civil court, a monetary judgment is likely to cover both financial and emotional damages. 


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