After a concussion, you should seek medical attention immediately. The most important thing to do after a concussion is rest, which is crucial to healing the injury.
However, you also may need to refrain from specific activities or make temporary changes to avoid making the concussion worse. Otherwise, the healing process may take much longer.
You should be aware of a concussion’s common symptoms, which may occur whether you lose consciousness or not. Per Mayo Clinic, some of these symptoms include:
- Blurred vision
- Slurred speech
- Sensitivity to light
- Nausea and vomiting
- Confusion and memory problems
Concussions can result from various circumstances, including accidents that may result in personal injury claims or lawsuits. Motor vehicle accidents, falls, and assaults all can lead to concussions. Lack of proper diagnosis and care of a concussion following an accident can lead to severe long-term circumstances.
Concussions, Other Head Injuries Major Health Issue in the US
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), brain injuries, including concussions, are a major cause of disability and death in the United States. Between 2006 and 2014, emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths due to brain injuries increased by 53%.
The CDC further reports that almost half of emergency room visits for head injuries were due to falls. Another 20% of those visits for concussions or brain injuries were attributable to motor vehicle accidents.
The effects of a concussion can last a few days, a few weeks, or indefinitely. Although most people recover from a concussion within a few weeks, some develop post-concussion syndrome.
Mayo Clinic explains that post-concussion syndrome can last months or even up to a year after the initial concussion. Post-concussion syndrome can include many of the same symptoms as the initial concussion, including headache, dizziness, depression, anxiety, and sleep problems.
Injury Claims Stemming From Concussions
Persistent symptoms following a concussion can impact your everyday life, making it challenging or impossible for you to drive, engage in your regular activities, and work. You may incur significant medical expenses due to a concussion and lose income if you cannot return to work for a substantial period.
If you suffered a concussion because of a preventable injury, you may have an injury claim or lawsuit against a liable party.
For example, if another driver was speeding or disregarded a stop sign and caused you to be involved in an accident, you may have a case against the driver or their insurer.
Various factors impact whether you have a valid legal case for compensation following a concussion and other injuries. These factors can include:
- Whether the at-fault party had a duty of care toward you
- Whether the at-fault party violated this duty
- Whether the at-fault party caused your accident
- Whether the accident resulted in financial losses for you
You Can Hire an Attorney to Handle Your Concussion Injury Case
As concussions and brain injuries are often “invisible” injuries that are not apparent to others, you may experience a challenging time proving the severity of your symptoms and their impact on your life.
Additionally, the liable insurance company may downplay or outright deny the existence of your injuries to avoid paying out a large settlement. Other common tactics of insurance companies could also delay the claims process. They may try to pressure you into accepting a quick settlement and create numerous impediments to resolving your case.
If you are in this situation, our concussion injury lawyer can help. We can negotiate with the insurance company to resolve your case or file a lawsuit on your behalf for a favorable settlement.
We also can collect the evidence that you need to substantiate the severity of your injuries and support your side of the story.
Contact Berger And Green For Legal Advice Today
After you or a loved one suffers a concussion in an accident that someone else caused, you may be unsure where to turn first for help. Knowing what to do after a concussion can be essential to a successful insurance claim or lawsuit.
Since you have only a limited time to pursue legal action following your accident, you should consider your legal options in a timely fashion.
Allow the legal team at Berger and Green to advocate on your behalf after an accident injures you or a loved one. Call (412) 661-1400 to learn more information about the legal services that we offer to help you.