Things to Know About Concussions
When a person experiences a blow to the head or sudden violent movement of the head and neck, the brain can jostle within the skull and strike the hard bone, causing bruising, torn blood vessels, and nerve damage. This is known as a concussion injury and is one of the most common types of brain injuries. Concussions can temporarily alter the way the brain functions and cause a wide range of symptoms, including loss of consciousness memory loss, confusion, dizziness, ringing ears, headaches, slurred speech, fatigue, mood changes, insomnia, and sensitivity to light and sound. Symptoms of a concussion can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks, depending on the severity of impact.
Concussions can result from any of the following:
Concussions have made a considerable stir within the mainstream media in recent years due to the discovery of their connection to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease prevalent in individuals who suffer repeated head trauma such as NFL players and military veterans.
Despite their classification as a mild traumatic brain injury, concussions can be extremely serious and must be treated with caution. Since the brain is the body’s main sensory, cognitive, and nervous processing center, any damage to this organ can have life-altering consequences. If left untreated, concussion symptoms can worsen over time and possibly cause permanent damage. In severe cases, concussion patients are sometimes required to undergo medical observation for days until their symptoms have subsided.
Compensation for Concussion Victims
In many cases, accidents leading to concussions are caused by another party’s negligence. Individuals who suffer concussions or any other type of brain injury as a result of another person or party’s careless actions may have grounds to file a legal claim in pursuit of compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, rehabilitation costs, and emotional distress.
If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion due to no fault of your own, a skilled Falls Church personal injury lawyer from The Strong Law Firm can help you seek compensation for your suffering. Having served injured clients throughout Northern Virginia for more than 35 years, we know what it takes to help you maximize your chances of securing the compensation you deserve.