Given the nature and frequency of motor vehicle accidents, concussions are among the most common forms of traumatic brain injuries. This is because motor vehicle accidents may result in severe blows to the head or a violent whiplash effect. Both of these can result in concussions, among other traumatic brain injuries.
Signs and Symptoms of Concussions
An individual with a concussion will be disoriented, but conscious. He or she may suffer from light sensitivity, memory loss, and severe pain in the head. Balance and coordination will also be affected and in some cases, the injured person may briefly lose consciousness.
Concussions are placed in three categories based on their severity and how long these symptoms last. These categories are:
- Grade 1 Concussion – Symptoms last for under 15 minutes. Consciousness is not lost.
- Grade 2 Concussion – The symptoms last for over 15 minutes, also without loss of consciousness.
- Grade 3 Concussion – Symptoms last in excess of 15 minutes and also include the loss of consciousness, even if the loss of consciousness is brief.
You should immediately seek medical attention for the proper diagnosis and treatment of any type of concussion. Sometimes, hospitalization may be required in order to prevent further injury to the brain.
Long-Term Effects of a Concussion
Following a concussion, some people may experience persistent and recurring physical and psychological problems, commonly referred to as post-concussion syndrome. These problems can continue for weeks, months or even years.
The physical symptoms are similar to those of a concussion, while the psychological issues include insomnia, anxiety, irritability, and other sudden behavioral and emotional changes. These symptoms can be debilitating to an individual, grossly affecting the victim’s ability to work and his overall quality of life.
Legal Implications of a Concussion Following a Motor Vehicle Accident
If your concussion was caused by a motor vehicle accident, after conclusive diagnosis and treatment of your concussion, it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer to help you get adequate compensation for all of your medical expenses (including projected future medical and rehabilitation expenses), lost wages, and general pain and suffering.
In consultation with medical experts, our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers should clearly show that:
- Your concussion was caused by the motor vehicle accident and resulted in actual medical expenses and is projected to result in future medical expenses.
- The post-concussion syndrome, if present, resulted from the accident. Past, current and future medical expenses related to this should be clearly stated.
- Wages were, are and/or shall be lost due to the concussion or post-concussion syndrome.
- You have suffered physical and emotional pain due to the concussion and/or post-concussion syndrome. This pain and suffering should be tied to a specific monetary value.
Not only do you need this information to negotiate with the insurance adjuster. However, if we are not able to achieve a satisfactory settlement, we will need it to convince the jury of the merits of your case. This is especially important for post-concussion syndrome cases because the syndrome itself is not easily understood by the general public.
At Sheridan & Rund, P.C., our attorneys are experienced in handling these kinds of cases. We fight passionately for each and every one of our clients in order to achieve the best possible results.