Concussions are common injuries in car, truck, and motorcycle accidents. A concussion is one of the most common brain injuries and can have a significant impact on your ability to perform certain tasks. You could experience severe symptoms immediately that could be life-threatening, or you may not experience symptoms for a few hours or days after the injury. The important thing is that you seek medical attention after any head injury.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion?
A concussion occurs when trauma to the head causes your brain to “bounce around” within the skull. Your brain collides with the hard surface of the cranium causing damage to the brain. Because the brain moves violently within the cranium, it can strike the hard surface in multiple areas causing widespread damage that can have serious medical implications.
If you or another person receives a blow to the head, it is very important that you seek medical attention immediately. You should also watch for signs and symptoms of a concussion.
Common symptoms and signs of a concussion include:
- Unconsciousness, although losing consciousness is not a requirement for a concussion
- Confusion or difficulty understanding things
- Dizziness, nausea, or vomiting
- Speech difficulties
- Unusual changes in emotional responses, mood, memory, or concentration
- Blurry vision
- Problems with speech
When someone suffers a head injury, check the person to determine if an outward sign of trauma exists. Observe the behavior of the person to determine if he or she is exhibiting any of the signs of a concussion or any unexplained symptoms. If you believe someone has suffered a concussion, keep the person awake and call 911 for medical assistance. Immediate medical attention can improve the chances for a full recovery.
Seeking Compensation for a Concussion
If another party caused your head injury, you might be entitled to recover compensation for your damages. However, you must file a claim against the party who is responsible for your injury proving that the party caused the accident that resulted in your concussion.
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for damages including:
- Past, present, and future loss of income
- Past, present, and ongoing medical attention
- Property damage
- Physical pain and emotional suffering
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Other out-of-pocket expense related to the injury or recovery
Call Now for A Free Consultation with An Erie Personal Injury Lawyer
A concussion can occur as the result of a motor vehicle accident, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, sports injury, assault, slip and fall, dog bite, pedestrian accident, or drunk driving accident. Regardless of how the concussion occurs, the steps are the same — seek medical attention immediately, document the accident, follow your doctor’s instructions, and contact our office for a free legal consultation.
We accept most accident cases on a contingency fee basis, so you won’t pay an attorney fee until we recover compensation for your claim. Don’t wait to get help! Call The Travis Law Firm at (800) 401-2066 to schedule a free legal consultation with an experienced Erie personal injury lawyer.