Can I Take Legal Steps After a Concussion?
Over 3 million people experience concussions every year, according to the Mayo Clinic. Usually a concussion is self-diagnosable; but often it is beneficial to see a doctor immediately.
Often, you can take legal steps after receiving a concussion due to an accident. First, let’s look at the definition of a concussion, the symptoms, cures and risk factors before we talk about taking legal steps post-injury.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a mild brain and head injury that occurs from being hit or hitting your head. It can also be caused by violent shaking or other impact that injures your brain. When you get a concussion, your levels of brain chemicals change and usually take about a week for full recovery and to stabilize the chemical levels again.
Activities that may increase your risk of getting a concussion range from falling, participating in high-risk sports, being a victim of physical abuse or getting into an accident on a motorcycle, bike or in a car. Also, if you have had a previous concussion, you are at a higher risk for getting another one and are also at a higher risk for complications.
Symptoms of a Concussion
Sometimes a concussion can cause unconsciousness, but they always cause temporary cognitive delays. Cognitive delays include a lack of coordination, memory loss and confusion. The most common symptom of concussions is headaches or migraines, but you can also experience vomiting, fatigue, ringing in your ears, sleepiness and nausea or vomiting. Other more serious symptoms include psychological problems, depression, sensitivity to light, irritability, taste and smell disorders and slurring speech.
Cures for a Concussion
Oddly enough, there aren’t specific cures for a concussion. Both physical and cognitive rest are recommended after a concussion. Usually it is advisable to rest and allow your brain to fully recover. Sleeping or resting without the use of TV or video games is best. Make sure to stay away from physical activities such as sports or weight training. Sometimes, headache medicine can help, or anti-nausea medicine can be prescribed as well.
Risk Factors of a Concussion
Concussions can have severe consequences. There are many complications that can occur and impede recovery. Post-traumatic vertigo, seizures, loss of consciousness, lasting dizziness and large bumps or bruises could be symptoms of a larger issue at hand.
Just to be safe, brain imaging may be recommended for some people with severe concussion symptoms. Also, it may be beneficial to be hospitalized for observation. It is recommended that regardless of the severity, you should see a doctor after a concussion or brain injury. It is crucial that you are monitored closely and all necessary precautions are observed.
A worst-case scenario could be a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after a concussion. TBIs are serious conditions that can cause disabilities or even death.
What Legal Steps Can I Take After a Concussions?
If you or your loved one are not recovering after a concussion, it is beneficial to talk about your legal rights to receive compensation for your injury. If you have a concussion or are at all at risk for traumatic brain injury due to the fault of someone else, we recommend seeking legal consultation immediately.
In no way should you have to bear the financial burden of an accident that can affect your entire life and the life of your loved ones. Concussions are no laughing matter and can have long-term effects on you or your family.
Who Can Help With The Legal Steps?
Robert Greening of GreeningLaw, P.C., is a professional attorney who assists victims of concussion or traumatic brain injuries in receiving the compensation they need. We understand that an accident or death in your family is not only a sensitive matter but one that has caused a burden on your life. We believe that pursuing fair compensation after an incident shouldn’t be a cause of stress.
Our personal injury attorneys will support and represent you from A to Z! They are experts in their field and take all claims seriously and professionally. Call (972) 934-8900 to set up a free consultation with GreeningLaw, P.C.
At your free consultation, we will discuss the basis of your claim and outline the process. We work on a contingency basis, meaning you don’t pay for anything unless you receive compensation for your case. This way we protect you the best way possible and there are no surprise charges.
At GreeningLaw, P.C., we fight the legal battle so you have time for healing and renewal.