A Concussion Lawyer Can Help you File a Lawsuit to Help Alleviate the Future Repercussions You May Face from Your Injury
If you or a loved one have suffered a concussion, it can be more serious than you may have originally thought, having both immediate and lasting effects. These injuries can result in memory loss, slurred speech, and more. If your concussion was the result of someone else’s negligence or reckless behavior, you may be able to seek financial compensation. A concussion attorney at our San Diego, CA, firm can help prove that your concussion is a significant injury that requires compensation for past and future medical bills, as well as ongoing therapy. We offer compassionate legal assistance and can handle your case with the sensitivity, understanding the hardship and struggles you have already experienced. Contact our firm online or call (858) 413-9228 to learn more about your legal options and find out if you have a viable claim.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a common type of brain injury, and the side effects are often temporary. However, more severe injuries can have lasting, life-altering effects. A concussion occurs when physical trauma causes your brain to hit the inner walls of your skull. This contact can lead to partial loss of brain function. Most often, concussions happen as a result of a blow to the head or shaking caused by rapid acceleration or deceleration. For example, car accident victims and those injured in slip and falls often sustain this type of head injury. Victims can also experience these injuries as a result of other forms of negligence or assault.
What are the Symptoms of a Concussion?
Because a concussion does not usually involve bleeding, a computerized tomography (CT) scan cannot reveal this type of injury. Instead, doctors must diagnose a concussion based solely on your symptoms. Signs of a concussion may include:
- Slurred speech
- Loss of consciousness, usually only for a brief period of time
- Short-term memory loss
- Blurred vision
- Continual repetition of a single phrase
- Ringing in the ears
- Seeing “stars”
Victims may exhibit various symptoms to different degrees, making it essential to have a medical professional diagnose a concussion.
How concussions occur in the brain.
Most Common Causes of Concussions
A concussion can occur under a variety of different circumstances. Whiplash, blunt force trauma, and violent shaking can all cause a concussion. Some of the most common circumstances that can result in this type of head injury include:
- Physical violence
- Falls down stairs or from heights
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Falling objects landing on the head
- Bicycle accidents
- Playground accidents
- Sports activities, especially contact sports like football, boxing, and hockey
In the case of more serious injuries, a concussion can have long-term effects, sometimes lasting decades. In fact, studies show that patients who suffered a concussion 30 years prior can manifest symptoms similar to those of Parkinson’s disease. Post-concussion syndrome is one resulting condition that involves a range of symptoms that occur in the weeks and months following a concussion. The symptoms may first occur within a week to 10 days following the injury and may persist for several months to a year, or more. Symptoms of post-concussion syndrome may include:
- Chronic headaches and fatigue
- Irritability and changes in mood or behavior
- Anxiety and depression
- Inability to concentrate
- Memory loss
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Short attention span
- Problems with short-term memory
- Difficulty making decisions
- Struggles with problem solving
- Difficulty processing large amounts of information
Post-concussion syndrome may affect a victim’s ability to drive, work, and even spend time with friends or loved ones. The disorder can be extremely isolating, leading to feelings of depression, which can further impact victims' careers and relationships with loved ones. Concussion victims are also at a higher risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts later in life. Risks may be worse for patients who have had multiple concussions over the course of their lives.
What to Do After Sustaining a Concussion
If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury and you believe a concussion has developed, you should contact a doctor immediately. Your physician will check for other traumatic brain injuries, such as hemorrhaging. You will likely stay for monitoring for at least 24 hours to make sure that you do not develop more serious complications. It is important to seek medical care to ensure you do not have any immediately life-threatening concerns and to document your injury.
Seeking Legal Representation
If your concussion was the result of someone’s reckless or negligent behavior, you should seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney. The full effects of your concussion may not appear for months or even years. However, time is of the essence with these cases, and it is vital that you act quickly. We can consult with eye witnesses, doctors, neurologists, and other experts to build the strongest case possible. Our attorneys are highly familiar with brain injury lawsuits. With their proven legal counsel, you can seek compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Because concussions can cause lasting damage, we consult with experts to gain a better understanding of how the injury will affect your future earning capacity and whether you will need ongoing medical treatment.
Damages in Concussion Cases
As your attorneys, we can diligently pursue compensatory damages, and punitive if appropriate. This restitution can relieve the financial burden that victims and their families face as a result of their injury. Because concussions can cause lasting damage, we consult with experts to gain a better understanding of how the injury will affect your future earning capacity and whether you will need ongoing medical treatment.
Damages in a concussion case may include compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses to treat the injury and ongoing, persistent symptoms
- Lost wages and reduced earning capacity
- Negative effects on overall quality of life
- Pain and suffering
In some cases, loved ones may also wish to pursue restitution for loss of consortium or companionship due to personality changes or memory impairment in the victim.
Receive Personal Legal Counsel
It can be difficult to determine the best legal route to take when seeking compensation after a concussion. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious head injury, we can help. Contact our firm online or call (858) 413-9228 today for a free case evaluation.