Concussions are head injuries that are fairly common after a car accident. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that about 14 percent of all concussions or traumatic brain injuries occur as a result of car accidents. Concussions are not minor injuries. Recent studies have shown that they have the potential to leave victims with significant physical and cognitive issues. Concussions might prevent someone from being able to work or live independently. This is why it is important to understand the consequences of these types of injuries.
Here are four things you need to know about concussions and car accidents.
1. Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury.
Even as many people believe that concussions are simply a knock to the head, researchers show them to be the most common form of traumatic brain injuries that are typically sustained in incidents such as car accidents and falls, etc. The symptoms one might suffer after a concussion depends on the nature, extent and location of the injury.
According to the CDC, some of the common symptoms of concussions include headaches, memory issues, depression, communication problems, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, cognitive issues, speech problems and issues with motor control. Concussions may also be accompanied by injuries to the spine. In such cases, the injured person’s neck and back should be kept as stationary as possible to prevent further damage to the spine.
2. Traumatic brain injuries tend to occur in car accidents.
Any type of auto accident may involve extreme physical forces that result in significant bodily injury. During a car accident, the occupant might experience violent shaking or a sudden movement of the head or upper body. Head injuries such as concussions might also occur when your head hits the pavement as a result of being ejected from a vehicle. Concussions also occur when you strike your head against the window or another part of the car.
3. Concussions require prompt medical attention and treatment.
After any type of incident where head trauma is sustained, the victim should undergo a medical evaluation. If you have injured your head in a car accident, be sure to go to the emergency room. Let the emergency room doctor know that you injured your head. You may need a CT scan to make sure your brain has not been injured. The symptoms of a concussion may not surface immediately after a car accident or a fall. They may take days to manifest or the symptoms might be so subtle that you might not notice right away.
4. Can you seek compensation for a concussion?
Victims of a car accident or fall may be able to seek compensation for injuries, damages and losses. The value or worth of your claim will depend on the extent of your injuries and the degree of negligence on the part of the at-fault parties. Auto accident and fall victims can seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost income and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. The family of a deceased victim can seek compensation by filing what is known as a wrongful death lawsuit.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of someone else’s negligence, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.
For over 46 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole.
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