Previously a misunderstood (and under-diagnosed) injury, concussions have moved further and further to the forefront of medical conversations in recent years. Furthermore, we are understanding more and more about the immediate and delayed aftereffects of concussions: according to the National Library of Medicine, as many as 50% of concussion patients “report symptoms for up to 3 months and 10% to 15% for more than a year.”
Concussions can present serious and long-standing issues to those who receive them. Read on to learn more about concussions, including concussion symptoms, what to do if you suspect you’ve gotten a concussion, and suggested legal action that should be taken as a result.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) “caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth,” according to the CDC. This triggering blow can sometimes cause the brain to move around within the skull, which can lead to brain damage or chemical changes that impact behavior, decision-making, and more.
If you suspect you may have sustained a concussion, review the list of symptoms to keep an eye out for, as well as suggested action to take for recovery.*
*Important note: if you think you have a concussion, seek medical attention. Do not rely on this article for your diagnosis and treatment.
If you suspect that you have experienced a concussive event, you need to keep an eye out for symptoms. Some of these symptoms may present themselves immediately, and others may take multiple days to develop. Here are the most common and prevalent symptoms of a concussion:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, reach out to a medical professional immediately for diagnosis and treatment.
The recovery process after a sustained concussion can vary in length of time needed. On average, it takes 7-10 days to fully recover from a concussion, but in the case of more serious events (or multiple sustained concussions), recovery can take more time.
If you are recovering from a concussion, review the following list of actions that can help aid your recovery process:
In addition, when you are recovering from a concussion, you should consider contacting a legal expert to see if you have a case.
Just like any other personal injury case, you can only claim damages for a concussion injury (or post concussion syndrome) if your doctor believes that the concussion is related to the accident that you are filing a lawsuit for. In order to move forward with a lawsuit, you must have a medically diagnosed concussion with your doctor’s testimony, and the doctor must agree that the concussions stemmed from the lawsuit event.
There are multiple nuances when it comes to proving post concussion symptoms in a personal injury case. Depending on how and where the concussion was sustained, you may have better chances of successfully filing a lawsuit and winning your case. For example, concussions sustained during sporting events can be notoriously complicated for lawsuit action, partly because there have been multiple laws rolled out in recent years surrounding assessing and diagnosing potential concussions sustained during sporting events.
It is possible to receive compensation for post-concussion syndrome, as a result of an event that caused a concussion, the same as you would receive compensation from a car accident, a slip and fall, or a work-related accident.
Compensation for post concussion syndrome varies greatly depending on the nature and extent of the concussion. And since concussions are so variant in their effects, the compensation averages are also very wide-ranging. According to recent statistics, the average value of a personal injury lawsuit involving a concussion is “between $20,000 to $80,000,” with the settlement values for more serious concussion injury cases closer to $125,000 or more.
If you are suffering from a concussion or post-concussion syndrome related to a potential lawsuit, seek help from a legal team that specializes in brain injury compensation. At the Ruiz Law Firm, we don’t get paid unless you win your case, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain in choosing to work with us – schedule a free consultation for your case today.
*The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only.
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