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Concussion Injuries From An Auto Accident

Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries are usually caused by a blow to the head or violent shaking that causes the brain to hit the side of the skull. These injuries are common in auto accidents.

What Is A Concussion?

While mild, a concussion is still considered a traumatic brain injury that requires immediate medical attention. It is a common injury in auto collisions as well as falling accidents and sports.

A concussion can temporarily affect the brain. It can cause confusion and problems with a person’s memory, speech, vision, and balance. Though it can manifest in different ways, some signs pointing to it typically include the following:

• Headaches
• Neck Pain
• Neck Stiffness
• Difficulty Remembering Different Words And Phrases
• Trouble Concentrating
• Rapid Mood Changes
• Unusual Sleep Patterns
• Blurred Vision
• Ringing In The Ears
• Increased Sensitivity To Light And Sound

You can experience a traumatic brain injury like this even if your head never comes into contact with a hard surface. Your brain is floating in your skull and is tethered to your spinal cord. If the force from the accident is strong enough, your brain can bounce around in your skull. This causes subdural hematoma and can lead to secondary injuries.

Settlements After An Auto Accident

If you sustained a concussion as a result of an auto accident, the damages exceed $100,000, and you were found to be 30% responsible for the accident, then you could potentially collect $70,000. Comparative negligence will more than likely come up during settlement negotiations or when you take the case to court.

Documentation Of The Injuries

Concussions are serious, but they also might not always be apparent right away. You could have a concussion even if you didn’t lose consciousness at any point. The symptoms can begin to gradually present themselves in the days and weeks following the accident.

A concussion can lead to a significant loss in the quality of life, so it is important to document everything that shows the extent of your injuries and how they have affected your life. This means gathering all of your medical records and other necessary documentation. Having them will prove advantageous for you, especially if your symptoms were gradual and didn’t manifest right away.

Seeking Compensation

If you have suffered a concussion as the result of an auto accident, then you may be entitled to compensation for it. In addition to the rising medical costs you may have, you will also have to deal with the ongoing costs of treatment and even lost wages if you cannot return to work.

To collect compensation for your pain and suffering and other damages, you want to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. They can help you gather the necessary documentation you need to prove your injuries and fight on your behalf.

Your personal injury attorney will walk you through the entire claims process and fill you in on your options when it comes to pursuing compensation for your injuries. You may qualify for compensation to cover medical care, lost wages, the damage done to your vehicle, pain and suffering, physical impairment, and emotional distress.

The personal injury attorney will help you calculate those amounts and let you know if there are any limitations on your post-concussion syndrome settlement value. So if you have recently been involved in an auto accident and have suffered injuries because of it, be sure to contact a reliable personal injury attorney today for a consultation.

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

Concussion Injuries From An Auto Accident

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