Concussion Symptoms

Concussion Symptoms

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Concussion Symptoms

Personal injuries can be devastating, but head and brain injuries can be particularly life-altering. Among the most common types of head injuries are concussions, and noticing your concussion symptoms can be tricky.

If you or a loved one has been in an accident, it’s important to immediately seek medical attention, regardless of how you feel, as some minor concussions can go unnoticed and can worsen if left untreated. If the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, your next step should be to speak with a personal injury lawyer.

Fortunately, you don’t have to go through this experience alone. For legal help after your concussion, contact Morgan & Morgan to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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  • What Is a Concussion, and What Are the Symptoms?

    A concussion is a type of head injury that occurs when the brain is shaken or jolted inside the skull, leading to temporary or prolonged brain dysfunction. Concussions do not only occur in sports like football but are a common injury for those involved in car accidents, slip and falls, and workplace accidents. One of the most common symptoms of a concussion is a headache. If you have had a head injury and experience a headache that persists or worsens, it may be a sign of a concussion.

    Another common symptom of a concussion is confusion or feeling “out of it.” You may struggle to concentrate or find yourself quickly forgetting things that just happened. Additionally, you may experience dizziness, lightheadedness, or a sensation like the room is spinning. You may also suffer from nausea, vomiting, and experience sensitivity to light and noise. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and vary from person to person.

    Some concussion symptoms may not appear right after an accident but can rather take days or weeks to manifest. It is important to monitor yourself or injured loved ones closely after an accident. If any symptom of a concussion arises, seek medical attention immediately. Delaying medical attention could lead to more severe damage or prolonged injury.

    Other symptoms of concussions include difficulty sleeping or excessive fatigue, mood changes and irritability, or even a person becoming less social. Depression also affects those who have suffered from multiple concussions.

    Minor head injuries like a concussion can have long-term effects. For example, a concussion can result in post-concussion syndrome, which is a condition in which symptoms like headaches, dizziness, and cognitive difficulties persist for weeks or months after the initial injury. In some cases, post-concussion syndrome could last for years or even a lifetime, which means that being able to identify the signs and symptoms of a concussion is crucial.

  • What Are Common Scenarios in Which a Concussion Leads to a Personal Injury Claim?

    When we hear the term "concussion," we often associate it with sports or physical activities. However, a concussion can happen from a fall or any blow to the head. When involved in such an incident, get diagnosed by a healthcare professional, follow medical advice, and keep complete records for any personal injury claims.

    The following are some of the most common scenarios in which suffering a concussion could lead to a personal injury claim:

    1. Car Accidents: Car accidents are one of the most common scenarios where people sustain concussions. If you get into a car accident and hit your head on the dashboard, steering wheel, or any other hard surfaces, you could suffer a concussion. Even if you don't hit your head, the sudden movement from the impact can cause a concussion. You should seek medical attention immediately and take photographs of the damage to your vehicle and yourself.
    2. Slip and Falls: Slip and fall accidents are another common cause of concussions. Whether it's a puddle of water at a grocery store or a slippery surface in a parking lot, a fall can lead to a head injury. You should take photographs of the area where you fell, document the slippery surface, and get a medical opinion if you experience concussion symptoms.
    3. Assault and Battery: An assault can involve someone intentionally hitting you in the head. Whether it's during a bar fight or a random act of violence, if you suffer a concussion from an assault, you have a legal right to hold the perpetrator responsible. You should seek medical attention and report the incident to the police immediately.
    4. Workplace Accidents: A concussion can happen at any workplace, especially in high-risk jobs, such as construction or industrial work. Employers must provide employees with a safe working environment, and if they fail to do so, they can be held responsible for any head injuries that occur.
    5. Recreational Activities: Concussions can happen in any recreational activity, such as skiing, snowboarding, or cycling. If you engage in any sporting event or recreational activity, make sure you wear the appropriate protective gear and follow the rules and regulations. If the other party's negligence or recklessness causes your concussion, you can file a personal injury claim.
  • How Can I Recover Compensation After Experiencing a Concussion?

    If someone else's negligence or intentional actions caused your concussion, you have the right to pursue compensation. To recover compensation, you need to provide evidence of your injuries and expenses and prove that the other party’s behavior caused it.

    Keep track of all medical bills, therapy costs, lost wages, and other expenses related to your concussion. You should also document your physical symptoms, such as headaches or dizziness, as well as any emotional or psychological effects, such as anxiety or depression. This documentation will help paint a full picture of the impact of the concussion on your life.

    To hold someone else accountable for your concussion, you must determine who is at fault. This could be a person, a company, or a government entity. For example, if you were involved in a car accident caused by another driver, that driver would be at fault. If you slipped and fell in a grocery store due to a wet floor without proper signage, the store would be at fault. Identifying the responsible party is crucial in pursuing compensation.

  • What Compensation Could I Be Entitled To?

    If you've had a concussion, whether it was due to a car accident, slip and fall, or another incident, you may be entitled to the following types of compensation:

    Medical Expenses: One of the most significant forms of compensation you could be entitled to is reimbursement for the medical expenses you incurred because of your concussion. If you had to go to the doctor or undergo any medical treatments, such as diagnostic imaging or concussion rehabilitation, that can add up to an overwhelming expense. You should keep track of all of your medical bills and present them to the responsible party's insurance company. If you were in a car accident, for instance, you could submit your bills to your insurance company or the at-fault driver's insurance company.

    Future Medical Expenses: If you've developed long-term symptoms because of your concussion, you may be entitled to both current and future medical expenses. For instance, suppose you've developed post-concussion syndrome, a condition that can cause nausea, dizziness, headaches, and other symptoms for months or years after a concussion. In that case, you could be entitled to compensation to cover your future medical expenses. A personal injury lawyer can help you build your case to anticipate your future medical bills.

    Lost Wages: If you missed work because of your concussion, you could be entitled to compensation to cover your lost wages. This applies if you're unable to work temporarily or if your concussion has caused long-term disability or the loss of your job entirely.

    Pain and Suffering: Perhaps the most challenging thing to quantify after a concussion is the pain and suffering it caused you. While it's impossible to put a dollar amount on your suffering, you can still receive compensation that accounts for your emotional distress, anxiety, and loss of enjoyment of life. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you estimate what your pain and suffering is worth based on similar cases they've handled in the past.

  • Contact Morgan & Morgan for Help

    Sustaining an injury can be a vulnerable experience. You may feel lost, anxious, and hopeless about what the future holds. It's crucial to have someone in your corner who can guide you through the legal process and help you get the compensation you deserve. That's where Morgan & Morgan comes in.
    Injured victims need an attorney who can provide strong representation and navigate the tricky legal system. Morgan & Morgan has been in business for over 35 years, making us one of the most experienced law firms out there. Our team of attorneys has seen it all and has a wealth of experience to draw on to help clients. With this extensive experience, we can tackle any case brought to our table with confidence and a winning attitude.

    Additionally, we are all about results. We have recovered billions of dollars for clients over the years, and that’s a testament to our dedication to our craft. We are serious about getting results for you, making sure you don't have to suffer alone. When you work with Morgan & Morgan, you're working with a team that fights tirelessly for your rights.

    Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation to learn more about the compensation you may be entitled to for your concussion symptoms.

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