Post-concussion syndrome: The lasting consequences

After you were involved in a car crash and suffered a head injury, you discovered what it means to have post-concussion syndrome. Your medical provider told you that you may suffer from the symptoms of this syndrome for a few weeks or months, though some people have it much longer.

You’ve been dealing with symptoms including headaches, irritability and fatigue. You can’t go back to work because it would require you to be on a computer. Combined with your headaches, there’s just no way for you to get work done with this condition. Adding onto that your complete irritability throughout the shift, you worry that returning to work could actually hurt you in the long-term, leading to possible work-related consequences because of your unpredictable behavior.

Living with this condition is frustrating, and it’s something that the other party who harmed you should be held liable for. Depending on the cause of the collision, they could already be facing criminal charges, such as for drinking and driving or for reckless driving causing injuries. On top of that, you have a right to pursue a civil case against anyone who harms you due to their negligent or reckless actions.

When you file a claim for your injuries, should you talk about post-concussion syndrome?

Yes, you should. This syndrome can affect you for quite some time, and it can have lasting implications for your daily life and job. You want to make sure that the other party is held accountable for all injuries that you’ve suffered, even if the syndrome doesn’t appear immediately following the collision. Our website has more on this injury and what you need to do if you’ve suffered as a victim of a collision.

What is the brightest color for a cyclist?

As a cyclist, you put your life in the hands of the drivers that you share the road with on every ride. But under New York law if a driver hits you, even if it was their fault, the clothes you wear may diminish your final compensation.

The injury statute in New York makes it clear that if both parties in an accident are at-fault, then the final compensation may decrease. This is comparative negligence. So, even if a driver hits you because they turned right in front of you, they could claim “I didn’t see them because of their clothes” and that might hold weight with the court. So what can you do?

Keep visible

One way to help stay safe – and protect any possible compensation — is to make sure that you’re as visible as possible. What you want is a bright lime-green vest or shirt. That color is right where the colors green and yellow merge into one another on the scale.

Just think about it. That shade of green is often used in logos and branded content. It also shows up on warning signs. Many firetrucks, which are traditionally painted red, are now in this green/yellow instead. The same is true for ambulances and other emergency vehicles.

That’s not to say that colors like red and orange don’t help. You just want to avoid black, gray and other colors that blend in. Anything bright can help. But, if you want to be as safe and as visible as possible, that green/yellow is the color that you want.

Bicycles have a special vulnerability

Of course, even wearing the right colors doesn’t mean you won’t get injured when a driver makes a mistake, and you need to understand your legal options if it happens.