A concussion is a type of brain injury that typically results from being struck in the head. It is often referred to by other names, such as “mild head injury” (MHI), mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), or mild brain injury.
Signs and symptoms of a concussion may include:
- Headache, which is the most common symptom of a concussion
- Amnesia/loss of memory
- Loss of consciousness
- Cognitive impairment (i.e., feeling as if you have a “foggy brain;” slow reaction times)
- Various emotional and psychological changes such as sudden crankiness or moodiness
- Disturbances in sleep patterns
- Post-concussion syndrome, which is exhibited by one’s symptoms persisting or returning for several weeks after the initial injury
Symptoms may range from very slight and difficult to detect, to very pronounced. They can also vary from person to person and from case to case. Various medical societies have guidelines for rating the severity of a concussion, with Grade I being the least serious and Grade III being the most serious.
What Types of Lawsuits Can Involve a Concussion?
A wide range of personal injury lawsuits may involve concussion injuries. For instance, many car accident lawsuits involve concussions, especially for more serious collisions such as head-on collisions. Other types of legal claims that might involve a concussion injury include:
In addition, concussions may also be a factor in injury lawsuits where multiple body parts were injured. For instance, concussions can occur in combination with back injuries or neck injuries.
What Are Some Legal Remedies for Concussion Injuries?
Legal remedies for concussion injuries often involve some form of damages award. These can cover costs such as:
- Hospital costs
- Medication and therapy costs
- Lost wages due to missed work from the injury
In some cases, punitive damages may also result for concussions that were caused intentionally. Criminal charges can also result for serious intentional acts.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Concussion Lawsuit?
Concussions can often be serious, and can result in ongoing symptoms and long-term conditions. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need assistance with any legal issues associated with a concussion incident. Your personal injury attorney can perform various tasks to assist with your case. These include legal research, reviewing of documents, and representing you in court. If you need help with the filing process or other specific issues, your attorney can provide assistance in those areas as well.