A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that occurs as a consequence of an injury to the head. Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) refers to a complex set of symptoms that develops in some people who have sustained a head injury and includes headaches, dizziness, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, memory difficulties, and sensitivity to noise and light. These symptoms may last for weeks or months and, in some cases, may persist for a year or longer after a head injury. Although the pathophysiology of PCS is currently not well understood, many experts believe that PCS is caused by a combination of structural damage to the brain and psychological factors. Because of the variability of symptoms among patients, there is no specific standard treatment for PCS. The goals of treatment are to control the symptoms as best as possible and to help patients return to normal activities of daily living through rehabilitation.
Since 1994, I’ve represented hundreds of victims of vehicle collisions and other injuries who have had Post-concussion syndrome which manifests itself in a variety of the ways, mostly headaches, but often times my clients simply report not feeling right, not being able to concentrate, difficulty finding words, insomnia, emotional lability (uncontrollable in inappropriate crying or laughing,) memory difficulty and depression. Until recently, these symptoms of PCS were ignored or denied by the insurance companies or their attorney because they are difficult to prove, but with the right doctors, my clients have been able to get the best care and these doctors help me prove PCS so that we can reach the appropriate settlement or, if necessary, make the full presentation to a jury.
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