A day or two of rest after a brain injury is not always what the doctor ordered. Even if you get a mild concussion in an injury accident, you cannot count on being back to work in a week, a month or even a year. Post-concussion syndrome is one possible result of traumatic brain injury, and its very unpredictability can derail your physical, mental and economic health.
The Basics of Post-Concussion Syndrome
This complex disorder can last indefinitely, even though you may believe you have put your injury behind you. Typically, the onset of post-concussion syndrome occurs within a week or so of your brain injury and clears up in about three months, according to the Mayo Clinic. In some cases, though, it can last more than a year. Symptoms of this condition include:
- Trouble sleeping
- Excessive tiredness
- Inability to concentrate
- Memory loss
- Sensitivity to light and noise
This syndrome can cause adverse changes in your personality, making you quicker to anger, suspicious of others and argumentative. While your family and close friends may understand the source of these shifts in personality, your boss and colleagues at work may not, so it is important to seek help. Consult a doctor if you experience symptoms of post-concussion syndrome after a brain injury, and seek legal advice if others caused your injury.
Determining Liability for Post-Concussion Syndrome
Negligence or intentional harm determines liability. If someone else was driving distractedly and caused a car accident in which you were hurt, that person would be liable for your head injury and the resulting PCS.
If someone was driving aggressively and purposely cut you off in traffic, causing a collision and injuries, a judge might determine that person intended to do you harm. If so, the perpetrator would be liable for your damages, including medical expenses and time off from work due to your head injury.
When someone else’s actions harm you or someone you care about, an experienced brain injury attorney can help you decide whether to sue for damages and if so, prepare a strong case. Otherwise, you would have to pay out of pocket for ongoing medical expenses, loss of income and costly therapy.