Our Michigan brain injury lawyers frequently represent clients diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome injuries. A detailed knowledge and understanding of those injuries, how they are treated, and how they affect the client is essential to achieving the best possible settlement.
A post-concussion syndrome injury frequently arises from trauma, such as a car accident, or other type of serious accident. Depending on the cause of the injury, the injured person may have legal rights to be compensated for their injury, including money damages for pain and suffering, disability, medical bills, and lost wages.
Understanding Post-Concussion Syndrome: Signs & Symptoms
Post-concussion syndrome, also referred to as PCS, is a set of symptoms that a person may experience for weeks, months, or even years after a concussion has occurred. A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury that can occur from one blow, or repeated blows to the head.
People who have had concussions may experience physical, mental, or emotional symptoms. Symptoms can occur immediately or weeks to months after the initial injury. Physical symptoms of concussions and post-concussion syndrome can include:
- Impaired balance
- Nausea and vomiting
- Fatigue or sleepiness
- Decreased libido
- Sensitivity to noise or light
- Ringing in the ears
- Double or blurred vision
- Decreased sense of taste, smell, or hearing
Emotional symptoms of concussions and post-concussion syndrome may include:
- Lack of emotion
- Emotional lability
- Mood swings
- Lack of ability to tolerate stress or alcohol
Cognitive or mental symptoms of concussions and post-concussion syndrome can include:
- Amnesia or difficulty remembering things
- Confusion or impaired cognition
- Impaired judgment
- Slowed cognitive processing
- Difficulty with abstract thinking
- Difficulty concentrating
- Decrease in work performance
- Decrease in social skills
Treating Concussions & Post-Concussion Syndrome
Patients who have suffered a head injury must be examined by emergency medical care providers to ensure that the head injury is not worse than a concussion and potentially life threatening. Thus, head injury patients with symptoms that may indicate a dangerous injury are given CT scans or MRIs and are observed by medical staff. Later, the patient may be tested to determine his or her level of cognitive functioning.
Because concussions are not yet fully understood, it is important to take the proper precautions after sustaining this injury. Physician's recommend that any concussed person receive as much rest as possible until the symptoms of PCS subside. Additionally, concussed individuals should limit their amount of physical exertion, as well as any tasks or hobbies that require excess cognitive attention. Activites that require thinking, such as reading, playing video games, or using a computer or mobile device should be limited if not stopped completely until symptoms subside. Over the counter medications for pain can be taken for headaches and other minor pains.
Contact Our Michigan Post-Concussion Syndrome Lawyers
Our expert legal team has been handling serious accidents involving head injuries for decades. We have the skill, expertise, and knowledge to secure a great settlement for you and your family if a serious head injury has been sustained in an accident. Call our award winning attorneys today at (800) 606-1717 and a lawyer will be able to speak with you about your case. We do not charge any fees unless we win your case. We put that in writing for you. There is nothing to lose, so call us today!