Sometimes people assume that a concussion is not as serious as other types of head injuries. However, recent medical industry developments have shown that concussions can cause long-lasting and debilitating symptoms. Doctors are now recognizing post-concussion syndrome as a serious medical condition.
Even if a person doesn’t black out after an accident, they can still suffer a serious head injury. If you have been injured in an accident that resulted in a concussion, you may have a valid claim for compensation through an insurance settlement or a personal injury lawsuit. Many factors will determine your case worth, including the severity of your injuries.
Concussions Can be Serious Brain Injuries
Some concussions are minor and do not cause any serious symptoms. We are now beginning to understand that some concussions can have long-term consequences. A victim may not begin to experience the symptoms of their brain injury until a few days or even weeks after the accident that caused the injury. Brains are complex, and the symptoms of concussions are highly unique and vary from patient to patient.
Anytime a person’s brain twists inside their skull or bounces against their skull, the impact can cause dangerous chemical changes that interfere with brain activity. These changes may not appear on scans, leading doctors to believe that the patient has not suffered any injury. A patient may feel fine at first but begin experiencing serious symptoms later, such as:
- Mild to severe headaches
- Loss of consciousness
- Mental confusion or fogginess
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Light sensitivity
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How Much Compensation Will I Get for My Concussion Case?
If someone else’s negligence caused your injury, you can bring a personal injury lawsuit against that person. In many car accident cases, concussions are the primary injury. The amount of compensation you can obtain depends on the severity of your injuries. In Alabama, victims can recover economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are easily quantifiable damages related to your injuries, such as your past and future medical expenses, lost income, and property damage. You will also have significant medical expenses if you have significant symptoms from your concussion. Diagnostic tests and stays in the hospital can be costly.
Concussions can cost over $100,000 to treat. Continuing complications can increase the amount of medical expenses you will incur from your injuries. You can recover non-economic damages for pain and suffering. Physical pain, mental pain, and emotional pain are all included. Concussions can cost over $100,000 to treat. The amount of non-economic damages to which you may be entitled also depends on the severity of your pain and ongoing symptoms. Generally, the higher the amount of economic damages, the higher the amount of non-economic damages.
At Heninger Garrison Davis, our attorneys have extensive experience representing victims in insurance settlement cases and personal injury lawsuits. We will work with medical and financial experts to accurately assess all of your past and future expenses so we can advocate for the total amount of compensation you need and deserve.
What to Do After Suffering a Concussion in an Accident
It is important that you know the signs and symptoms of a concussion. If you have been in an accident, we recommend calling 911. If the paramedic who arrives at the scene recommends going to the hospital, do so, even if you are not sure. Scheduling an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible is essential if you do not go to the hospital. Write down all of your symptoms to see if you can inform your doctor about them at your appointment.
Since some brain injuries do not show up on tests or scans, your doctor will rely on your self-reporting to diagnose and treat you appropriately. Keep all your medical records to prove the severity of your symptoms, which will help you obtain the most compensation possible.
Contact an Experienced Concussion Injury Attorney
The personal injury attorneys at Heninger Garrison Davis have handled many personal injury accident cases resulting in concussion injuries. We understand that concussion injuries can have long-term effects that make working and engaging in daily activities challenging. Suppose you or your loved one has suffered a serious concussion because of another party’s negligence. You may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Alabama personal injury attorneys at Heninger Garrison Davis today to schedule your free case evaluation and learn more about how we can help you.