Some of the most devastating bodily injuries leave no visible scars. Brain injuries, in particular, can dramatically upend your life yet remain invisible to the naked eye. At The Law Office of William W. Hurst, we regularly represent clients who have suffered a concussion through no fault of their own and work hard to ensure they obtain the compensation they deserve.
The human brain is enormously complex but also highly sensitive. Cushioned by fluid and encased in our skills, the brain is protected from most everyday contact, like bumping your head lightly on a beam in the attic. Nevertheless, a forceful jolt to the head or body can cause the brain to slide around inside the skull, causing serious injury.
After a concussion, your brain function becomes impaired. Your brain might enter a reduced metabolic state, which can cause a small number of brain cells to die. The transmission of neurons also slows down while cerebral blood flow is reduced. These changes can last for up to a month or longer, depending on the severity of the blow. In the most serious cases, victims may develop long-term problems that never fully resolve.
Any jolt to the body or head of sufficient force can cause a concussion. For example, you might suffer a concussion in the following ways:
Concussions can be very difficult to identify. In some cases, people may not realize that they have sustained a concussion for hours or even days after the injury has occurred. Here some of the more common signs of concussion that you should look out for after a head injury:
If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help right away. A doctor might need to perform tests to diagnose the concussion properly. If you notice that your symptoms are worsening—for example, your headache only seems to get stronger—then mention those symptoms to your doctor.
Concussions can range significantly in severity. While it is certainly true that people are symptom free within a couple of weeks, many concussion victims deal with debilitating symptoms for months or even years. Generally, moderate and severe concussions can take longer to heal, and many victims suffer from long-lasting complications, such as:
These complications impede any return to your old routine, including your ability to return to work. They can also have negative effects on your personal and intimate relationships. As a result, a concussion could have a negative effect on nearly every aspect of your life.
At our firm, we regularly meet with people who have suffered a terrible injury and are worried about how they will pay the medical bills that arrive continuously in their mailboxes. Many of these people are of prime working age, but their injuries are so severe that they cannot return to work. When our clients suffer a concussion or other traumatic brain injury, they often report difficulty concentrating and reasoning. As a result, many cannot leave the house for weeks or more at a time.
Under Indiana law, if your concussion was caused by someone else’s negligence, there is a good chance that you can hold them liable for your accident-related losses – both economic and non-economic. Some examples of parties who could potentially be held liable for a concussion-causing accident include:
The facts you need to prove will depend on the case. For example, if you suffered a concussion after a car accident, you will need to prove that the other driver’s negligence or recklessness caused the crash. You will point to any dangerous driving behavior, such as:
Injured victims need money to find their financial footing and provide for their families. Some examples of the kinds of losses that are often recoverable in personal injury cases that involve concussions include:
In addition, many concussion victims are able to recover compensation for non-economic damages such as:
To better understand what compensation is available for you, remember to hold onto all medical bills and receipts, which can help prove your economic losses. Find pay stubs or tax returns that show your income, and carefully document the pain you feel. Each case is unique, but based on our experience, we can help you better understand what kind of financial compensation you might be entitled to.
If you have suffered a concussion, don’t delay reaching out for help. At The Law Office of William W. Hurst, we are ready to fight for you, but we need to hear from you first. Indiana only gives personal injury victims two years to bring a lawsuit, so time is of the essence. Contact our office for a free consultation by calling (317) 636-0808 or filling out this contact form.
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