What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury caused by a violent shaking of the head and brain. A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).
Do I Need a Concussion Injury Lawyer?
If you had a concussion from an accident and you’re looking for a concussion injury lawyer, you need a top-rated personal injury lawyer. You won’t find a concussion injury lawyer but motorcycle accident lawyers often represent people who have had a concussion because it is a common injury in motorcycle accidents.
A concussion is most commonly seen in motorcycle accidents, sometimes in construction accidents when a construction worker falls from a height, and rarely in car accidents.
Because motorcyclists always fall and often hit their heads on the street, motorcycle accident lawyers are experienced in representing people who have had a concussion. The personal injury lawyers at 1-800-HURT-911® are highly experienced motorcycle accident lawyers who have represented people with concussions.
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Is a Concussion a Serious Injury?
Yes. A concussion was previously thought not to be serious but now a concussion is recognized as a very serious injury (link opens a PDF at CDC.gov).
The injured person may not even be aware of having been violently shaken, or having received a concussion, or may think that it was no big deal. However, it is now known to be a very big deal.
Concussion Is a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI)
If you had a concussion injury or if you were unconscious at the time of the accident, you have a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).
For detailed information about concussions and mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), see our website at www.DoYouHaveTBI.com
Symptoms of a Concussion
The symptoms of a concussion are extremely serious and are permanent. There is no cure but treatment can be attempted to train the brain to use different pathways to perform functions that can no longer be performed, such as loss of memory and the ability to recall names or daily activities.
You should pay particular attention to the symptoms caused by this injury because it is often noted in the hospital and then overlooked by the hospital.
How Do I Know If I Need to See a Doctor For a Concussion?
Signs of a Concussion
Concussion Even with Bleeding in the Brain May Be Forgotten by the Hospital
When brought to the hospital emergency room, the doctors are concerned with life-threatening injuries. A CT scan may show a small drop of blood on or in your brain but when the doctors are convinced that it is not life-threatening, it may be forgotten and left untreated. That’s what happened to our client.
How Do You Prove a Concussion?
We use the hospital and medical records and doctors who are expert witnesses. Often a CT scan or MRI will show evidence of a concussion. There are specialized MRIs that can show that a concussion had occurred.
We also use a doctor called a neuropsychologist to examine our client and, if needed, to testify at trial. A neuropsychologist is a specialist in the field of concussions and brain injury.
How Much Is a Concussion Injury Settlement Worth?
$1.25 Million Concussion Settlement
We obtained a $1.25 million settlement for a concussion with symptoms that did not present until a month after the accident. The client did not have bleeding in the brain. This is the difference that a concussion injury lawyer makes.
$1 Million Concussion Verdict After Trial
Our client had a concussion with a small amount of bleeding in the brain from a motorcycle accident. The insurance company refused to make an offer and we had to file a lawsuit.
During the course of the lawsuit, the insurance company requested to mediate the case. Mediation is a formal negotiation process done with the assistance of a professional mediator. At the mediation, the insurance company offered $150,000 to settle the personal injury case and we declined the offer.
Because the insurance company was unreasonable, we had to have a trial in New York State Supreme Court in Queens where a jury awarded our client $1 million. The
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