Plagued by Concussion Symptoms After an Accident?
Call the Phoenix, AZ Brain Injury Attorneys at Bellah Perez
Imagine a carton of eggs. The carton is there to protect the eggs, but if you drop the carton, the eggs are likely to break. That’s a little like how the brain works. We have a strong skull and layers of fluid to protect our brains, but in an accident—whether by being struck on the head or shaken forcefully—that soft tissue making up the human mind gets rattled against the skull like those eggs in that carton. If you’ve been in an auto accident, slipped and fell, or were injured while playing sports, and are experiencing painful and debilitating concussion symptoms, you’ve been rattled enough! A brain injury attorney can determine if you qualify for compensation to take care of medical bills, lost income, and changes in your lifestyle.
What is a Concussion?
Concussions are considered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and each person’s reaction could be different. Symptoms can include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of coordination
- Memory loss or impairment
- Light and sound sensitivity
- Blurry vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Impaired concentration
- Uneven or dilated pupils
- Irritability or other behavioral changes
- Trouble sleeping
Most concussion symptoms appear within hours of the injury, but can take longer in some cases, and problems can persist for weeks or even months following the accident. However, subtler symptoms may be harder to notice. It’s therefore crucial to seek medical attention following any kind of head injury, so you can receive a quick diagnosis and the necessary treatment.
Brain injuries, especially seemingly mild ones, are too often left untreated or under-treated. Studies also continue to reveal long-term effects from concussions, including increased risk for degenerative diseases.
What is Post-Concussion Syndrome?
In roughly 10% of cases, an accident or fall can result in not only a concussion, but also post-concussion syndrome. This condition is characterized by concussion symptoms lasting far longer than normal, sometimes persisting for up to a year. The most common effects are emotional and behavioral symptoms, but can include:
- Severe headaches
- Cognitive problems
While similar to traditional concussion symptoms, post-concussion syndrome lasts for months, and can impair a victim’s ability to work and function in everyday life. And because the problems persist after the initial, visible brain damage has largely passed, many insurance companies and negligent parties will try to claim no injury exists.
When You Need a Brain Injury Lawyer
For many concussion sufferers, recovery means taking significant time off of school or work. Even as recovery progresses, many activities in work and recreation will have to be limited until a doctor determines there’s no risk of aggravating the injury. Therefore, the time away from work inherent in concussion treatment, as well as complications like post-concussion syndrome, can represent a significant loss in wages. That money doesn’t just disappear — an attorney can file a claim for compensation to recover the wages lost during treatment.
Like other personal injury claims, lawsuits Involving concussions must prove someone was negligent and caused your injury by not behaving with reasonable regard for your safety. And like other personal injury claims, this often means proving the injury exists. However, unlike a broken arm or rib, which can be proven with a simple X-ray, brain injuries can be more challenging to demonstrate in a concrete way.
The brain injury lawyers at Bellah Perez, PLLC, have the experience needed to help you get compensation. Our office serves concussion victims in Glendale and Phoenix as well as throughout the Arizona Valley area. We will fight for your rights and demand your injury be taken seriously. Using medical records, witness statements, expert testimony, and any other resources available, our team will work tirelessly to ensure you’re compensated for all aspects of your concussion treatment and injuries. Damages for health and insurance bills, loss of income, and change in lifestyle are all possible, as well as long-term care for dealing with post-concussion syndrome or other health complications stemming from the injury. Allow us to assist you with your pain and suffering.