Did you or your loved one suffer a concussion in an accident caused by another party’s negligence in the greater Roseville area? You could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, any lost wages, and other damages. The effects of concussions have only recently become better understood, and some concussions can have lingering effects that involve serious complications and expensive treatments. When your concussion is the fault of someone else, they should be the one to pay for your expenses.
The Sevey Law Firm handles all kinds of complex brain injury claims and fights to help victims get justice. Call (916) 788-7100 or fill out an online contact form to set up a free consultation.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). It rarely involves a loss of consciousness. Some people may be unaware that they suffered concussions.
No single universal classification or grading system exists for concussions, but the three most widely followed grading systems include grading systems developed by the Colorado Medical Society, the American Academy of Neurology, and Robert Cantu, Clinical Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery and Co-Founder of the CTE Center at the Boston University School of Medicine. All three systems divide concussions into three grades.
Under the Colorado Medical Society system, a Grade I concussion involves confusion; a Grade II concussion involves confusion and post-traumatic amnesia; and a Grade III concussion involves any loss of consciousness.
Under the American Academy of Neurology system, a Grade I concussion involves confusion and less than 15 minutes of symptoms; a Grade II concussion involves symptoms that last for longer than 15 minutes; and a Grade III concussion involves loss of consciousness, with Grade IIIa being a coma that lasts seconds and Grade IIIb being a coma that lasts minutes.
Under the Cantu system, a Grade I concussion involves less than 30 minutes of post-traumatic amnesia; a Grade II concussion involves loss of consciousness for less than five minutes or amnesia lasting 30 minutes to 24 hours; and a Grade III concussion involves loss of consciousness for more than five minutes or amnesia for more than 24 hours.
What Symptoms are Associated with a Concussion?
Some of the most common symptoms of a concussion include, but are not limited to:
- Impaired balance
- Memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sensitivity to light
- Taste and smell disorders
- Sleep disturbances
Concussion symptoms are not always immediate. Some people may not experience symptoms for several hours or even days.
Common Causes of Concussions
People can suffer concussions when they are involved in any one of a number of incidents involving a blow to the head. Some of the most common kinds of accidents that cause concussions include:
- Auto Accidents
- Boat Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Commercial Vehicle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Work-Related Accidents
- Violent Crimes
- Sports Accidents
It is important for any person who has suffered a concussion to immediately receive medical care to ensure proper treatment of the injury.
How is a Concussion Diagnosed?
A concussion may be diagnosed after any number of medical evaluations. A doctor could perform a neurological evaluation that measures a person’s vision, hearing, coordination, balance, and reflexes.
Cognitive testing of a person’s memory or concentration could also be used. Some cases may involve cranial computerized tomography (CAT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. Some victims may be held for observation.
What are the Long-Term Effects of a Concussion?
Some people who suffer concussions may suffer post-concussive syndrome, a condition in which symptoms persist for weeks or months. Symptoms can include fatigue, dizziness, and frequent headaches.
Second-impact syndrome is associated with people who suffer second concussions before the first concussions have healed. Second-impact syndrome causes swelling in the brain that can be fatal.
What are the Possible Treatments for a Concussion?
The most common recommendation for concussion victims is simply to rest. This involves avoiding all activities requiring physical exertion, but also activities that may be challenging for the brain.
In some cases, doctors may recommend days off from work or reduced workloads. Victims should work closely with their physicians to determine the appropriate steps to take in their recovery.
What are the Possible Complications or Side Effects of a Concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury, so there will always be concerns about the possible lingering damage that could result. In most cases, however, people are able to fully recover from concussions and do not exhibit any symptoms associated with brain injuries.
Some research has suggested that concussions may lead to a predisposition to certain degenerative brain diseases. Concussions can also have emotional symptoms such as depression or irritation.
How Can a Concussion Impact the Value of Your Case?
The level of treatment that a concussion requires can certainly impact the value of a victim’s injury case. Insurance companies are notorious for undervaluing concussions and the damage they cause, and most settlement offers initially made to victims are significantly less than what victims are actually entitled to.
You should avoid speaking with any insurance company about the nature of your injury, including how it occurred or the symptoms you are feeling. Do not make any recorded statement to an insurer until you have legal representation.
Contact Us for Help
If you or your loved one sustained a concussion in an accident caused by another party’s negligence in Roseville, let an experienced personal injury attorney step in and handle all negotiations with insurance companies on your behalf. The Sevey Law Firm understands the very real long-term costs of concussions and fights to help victims recover all of the compensation they are entitled to.
Our firm has recovered millions of dollars for our clients, including $1.5 million recovered for a client who suffered a mild brain injury in a fall at work. Call (916) 788-7100 or contact us online to have our lawyers review your case and help you understand all of your legal options during a free consultation.