What is Post-Concussion Syndrome?

As experienced brain injury lawyers, we see injuries across the spectrum from mild to completely debilitating or fatal. Concussions are a generally mild form of traumatic brain injury, but the effects of a concussion can nevertheless make it very difficult for the sufferer to carry on with normal daily functions.

“Post-concussion syndrome” (PCS) is a set of symptoms that often follow a concussion and may last for days, weeks, and in severe cases, a year or more. Symptoms fall into one of three categories: physical, such as headache and dizziness; behavioral or emotional, such as irritability, anxiety, and depression; and cognitive, such as problems with attention and memory.

PCS can be difficult to diagnose because many of its symptoms are common to other ailments. PCS sufferers can receive treatment only for their symptoms, such as medication for pain and psychotherapy for psychological issues; there is no known treatment of the syndrome itself. Although PCS by definition occurs following a concussion, the direct cause is not known.

In a strong majority of cases, PCS eventually resolves itself completely. For about half of sufferers, symptoms subside within one month of the injury, and about two thirds are symptom-free within three months. If someone with PCS suffers a second blow to the head, they are at risk of developing second-impact syndrome, a dangerous swelling of the brain. Prolonged repetition of minor brain injuries, such as those suffered by professional boxers and football players, increases the risk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a debilitating chronic disorder in which many of the symptoms of PCS become permanent.

If you suffered a brain injury that may be the fault of another, you need experienced legal representation on your side. At Joyce and Reyes, we can get you the compensation you deserve.