What to Do About Your Concussion After a Car Accident
Car accidents are a widespread occurrence, but the severity of injuries can vary greatly.
One of the most common injuries occurring from a car accident is concussions. If you have suffered a concussion from a car accident, you may have legal options.
What Is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of brain injury that occurs after a blow or jolt to the head or body. This causes the brain to move rapidly inside the skull, causing bruising, injury to nerves, or damage to blood vessels.
While concussions are classified as mild brain injuries, they can be serious.
Symptoms of a Concussion
Concussions are not always straightforward. They can be challenging to diagnose, as you cannot actually “see” a concussion. Signs of a concussion may present themselves right away or may be delayed for days or weeks. Some symptoms may last for seconds, while others linger for some time.
Symptoms of a concussion include:
- Slurred speech,
- Sensitivity to noise or light,
- Blurred vision, and
- Ringing in ears.
Concussions are also classified by grade. Loss of consciousness helps determine concussion grades.
- Grade 1: mild; no loss of consciousness and symptoms last less than 15 minutes
- Grade 2: moderate; no loss of consciousness but symptoms last for more than 15 minutes
- Grade 3: severe; loss of consciousness
If you believe you have a concussion, it is best to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
Diagnosis and Treatment
The first step is getting your concussion diagnosed by a doctor. You may be able to receive a diagnosis right after your accident, or it may take a while if your symptoms delay in presenting themselves.
After you have been formally diagnosed, you must follow through with whatever treatment your doctor has recommended. Having your concussion diagnosed and following a treatment plan can significantly help your case.
A diagnosis and treatment plan provides evidence of the concussion and allows it to be linked to your car accident so you may add it to your lawsuit.
Providing Proof of Your Concussion
To add your concussion as part of your claim, you will need to provide proof. Proof of a concussion may be found in:
- Medical records;
- Photos of visible injury to the head, if any;
- Ambulance and hospital records;
- Police report and notes from the scene; and
- Treatment records.
If your concussion can be proven, you may successfully add it to your claim.
What Are Your Options
If you’ve suffered a concussion as a result of a serious car accident, you may be able to make a claim to recover damages. A car accident can result in a personal injury lawsuit, where you may claim damages for your concussion as part of your case.
Two types of damages may be recovered: special and general damages. Special damages have a calculable monetary value. They include:
- Medical expenses, present and future;
- Lost wages; and
- Property damage.
General damages, on the contrary, are not as easily calculated. They include:
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress; and
- Loss of consortium.
Your personal injury attorney will be able to calculate your damages.
When to Seek Help from an Attorney
If you believe you have a claim after being involved in a car accident, an attorney may be able to help. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can advise you on the legal options and remedies available to you.
Platte River Injury Law has years of experience working with clients to help them achieve the best possible outcomes. Jeremy Hugus is a decorated personal injury attorney, known for providing personalized service to each and every one of his clients. Contact us, and let us see how we can help you.