A concussion is considered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Like other brain injuries, a concussion requires immediate medical attention. If someone’s negligence caused your concussion, you could receive financial coverage for your losses.
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
MedlinePlus defines a traumatic brain injury as “a sudden injury that causes damage to the brain.” A concussion is one of several types of TBI.
What Is a Concussion?
The definition of a concussion is fairly broad. Per Mayo Clinic, a concussion is “a traumatic brain injury that affects your brain function.” A concussion may occur when the brain and head move rapidly and violently. The brain may strike the inside of the skull or twist abnormally, causing trauma.
What Are Symptoms of a Concussion?
Per the CDC, signs and symptoms of a concussion include:
- Poor memory
- Lack of coordination
- A “stunned” or “dazed” appearance
- Mood and behavioral changes
- Slowed speech
These are initial symptoms of a concussion. Other symptoms may become more obvious with time. These may include:
- Persistent headaches
- Light and noise sensitivity
- Fatigue or general malaise
- Vision problems
- Pressure in the head
Brain injuries can be fatal and require immediate medical care. If you recognize concussion symptoms and have yet to receive medical care, do so now.
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How do Concussions Happen?
A concussion can occur from a jolt, blow to the head, and other types of trauma. This leaves a wide net of possible concussion causes. Common causes of concussions are:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
The CDC lists motor vehicle accidents as a top-three cause of concussions. When a motor vehicle traveling at any speed suddenly stops, the occupant’s body continues its forward momentum. When a seatbelt catches the occupant’s forward-moving body, the head and body may then snap backward.
This quick forward-backward motion can cause a concussion. Even mild accidents may produce concussions.
Trip and fall accidents and slip and fall accidents can also cause concussions. When someone’s head strikes a hard surface, the brain may jostle inside of the skull.
Some sports present a high risk of concussion. Contact sports like football expose participants to repeated head strikes. Even sports that do not involve contact can produce concussions.
Workers and citizens all face a risk of concussion. Work-related concussions may stem from falling objects, machinery malfunctions, and motor vehicle accidents. When this head injury occurs, victims may consider their legal options.
Who Can Seek Compensation for a Concussion?
All concussion victims should consider seeking compensation. A concussion may produce long-term symptoms as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Hardship from a concussion may take a real financial toll on you.
Who Is Liable When a Concussion Happens?
When a lawyer reviews your case, they will ask themselves: did negligence cause this person’s concussion? If the answer is ‘yes’, then someone might cover your concussion-related losses.
When identifying negligence, your lawyer will:
- Determine if a potential defendant owed you a duty of care
- Determine if the potential defendant breached their duty of care
- Determine if the breach of duty of care led to your concussion
- Identify all losses resulting from the breach of duty of care
A duty of care requires someone to act reasonably. Behavior that causes someone else’s concussion may be unreasonable. A motorist speeding or an employer creating an unsafe work environment are two examples of negligence.
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How Can Your Lawyer Help If You’ve Suffered a Concussion?
Your lawyer can help if:
- You have personally suffered a concussion
- Your loved one suffered a concussion but cannot retain a lawyer for themselves
- Your loved one passed away from a traumatic brain injury
Your lawyer will help you get any medical care you need. They will also handle your entire claim or lawsuit. Some of your lawyer’s duties include:
Identifying Your Losses
A concussion may cause pain, suffering, financial loss, and other damages. Your lawyer will identify all concussion-related losses. They will determine the cost of each loss. If ongoing medical care is necessary, your lawyer will project your future cost of care.
Filing Your Case
Claims and lawsuits involving concussions may be time-restricted. Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a) generally gives you four years to file a personal injury lawsuit. An insurance claim may have deadlines, too. Our team will create and file your claim as promptly as possible.
Fighting for a Fair Recovery
Our firm seeks fair compensation for clients. We handle insurance claims, settlement negotiations, and trial dates when necessary.
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