Have you heard of post-concussion syndrome before? No doubt you are aware of concussion, an injury that may potentially occur after a blow to the head. Not everyone who suffers a head injury will have concussion, and not everyone who has concussion will go on to develop post-concussion syndrome.
This syndrome is sometimes referred to as PCS for short. The condition is not widely researched and we don’t know that much about it. However, it would seem as if the symptoms associated with concussion last longer when someone has PCS, and they will therefore feel as if they are still suffering from the original concussion symptoms.
What are the most common symptoms of concussion?
If you receive a heavy blow to the head, you may lose consciousness for a short time. You might also develop memory loss and feel confused or experience a delay before responding to anyone. You may have the feeling or sensation of ‘seeing stars’, too.
When someone suffers post-concussion syndrome, the symptoms will include the following:
- A feeling of dizziness
- Problems with memory
- Trouble concentrating
The good news is most people find their prolonged period of symptoms will gradually reduce and disappear – usually by the three-month mark following the original injury.
How does PCS differ from concussion and other problems following a head injury?
One source reveals symptoms that stem from a head injury improve as time goes by, whereas the opposite is true of those relating to post-concussion syndrome. Some people typically experience worsening symptoms that can make their life difficult for several months.
Thankfully, very few people who suffer a concussion in any situation will go on to develop PCS. It is a rare condition, but for those who do experience it, it can change their lives – and not for the better. Symptoms can affect you both physically and mentally, and indeed psychologically as well. For example, you may experience ongoing headaches and even feel nauseous at times. Your concentration may be impaired, and if this is the case, you may feel work is hard going, and indeed many other things you do every day that we all tend to take for granted.
When you experience physical symptoms like these, you are also likely to have trouble sleeping and relaxing. This in turn makes it harder to function during the day… and so the process continues. Clearly, with psychological symptoms a real possibility as well, doing everything you can to find a solution is the best course of action to take. Depression and anxiety may also develop because of such symptoms, and these cannot be taken for granted or brushed over.
The importance of seeking medical help
If you suffer a head injury in an accident, you should always seek advice from a medical professional. While it may not be necessary for very minor head injuries, even the most innocent of knocks to the head can mask more serious symptoms that can escalate very quickly. There is another reason why you should do this, too. If someone else was the cause of the accident that triggered your head injury, you may have a good chance of claiming compensation for this and other injuries. Getting medical advice means your injury is on record, and that evidence can be used to help support any case you decide to make.
If you did go on to develop post-concussion syndrome, there is the potential you could make a compensation claim for this condition, since it derives directly from the original injury. If you have suffered a concussion and you are still experiencing problems some time afterwards, make sure you see your GP as quickly as you can. If they diagnose post-concussion syndrome, they can provide advice and support to help you recover from the condition. Make no mistake – the condition can change your life, and not in a positive way. If you did suffer this complication from the original concussion, there is a chance any amount of compensation granted to you would reflect this complication.
How might minor head injuries and concussion be sustained?
Bumps to the head can happen in falls, in accidents, and even if something falls on you. Most of us will incur a knock to the head at some stage in our lives, but most of us won’t even suffer from concussion, let alone post-concussion syndrome. Headway reveals 75%-80% of all head injuries could be caused through slips, or knocking the head getting in a car, or another innocent situation.
However, some are caused through the fault of others. Did you slip, trip or fall at work and experience a head injury? Were you knocked over by a car, hitting your head on the pavement as you hit the floor? Were you involved in a road accident while travelling as a passenger, perhaps striking your head against the side window of the car?
Make a claim for post-concussion syndrome
Whatever happened, there is the potential for negligence to be the reason why you suffered concussion to begin with. If you think this applies in your case, or you think there is a chance it could be true, it is worth having an informal chat with a professional who deals with such cases almost daily. There could be a chance you are entitled to compensation even if you don’t yet realise it.
Post-concussion syndrome is an unpleasant condition that can make life very difficult for those unfortunate enough to suffer from it. While it is indeed rare, there is never any way of knowing whether you could be affected, and if so, how badly you might be injured. If you call Accident Advice Helpline, you can find out if our team of personal injury lawyers might accept your case. If we do take on your case, you can move ahead on a no-win, no-fee basis. It all starts by calling now on 0800 689 0500, or by ringing from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. Either way, you can find out if you could make a successful claim.
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen