If you do not receive medical treatment, you could die from a concussion. Suffering a head injury of any kind is cause for concern. You could very well have a concussion that requires immediate medical treatment. If you suspect you suffered a concussion, you should seek emergency care and wait to return to activities until you are cleared to do so by a doctor.
A Long Island personal injury lawyer from our firm understands the dangers of head injuries. We strongly urge you to seek medical treatment after an accident. Some concussion symptoms might not present right away, making it difficult to determine whether you’re suffering from one without medical treatment.
- You Could Die From a Concussion If Left Untreated
- What Is a Concussion?
- What Damages Are Recoverable in Concussion Cases?
- How Will a Lawyer Benefit People With Concussions?
- Is There a Deadline to File a Lawsuit for a Concussion?
- Learn More About Concussions From a Brain Injury Law Firm Today
You Could Die From a Concussion If Left Untreated
Concussions are usually self-diagnosable and most people who suffer a mild concussion recover quickly, but if you don’t receive appropriate treatment for a concussion the symptoms might worsen. Your concussion could cause serious injury or death.
If your brain hasn’t fully healed from the concussion, another impact could result in brain swelling and death. This is known as “second impact syndrome.”
Receiving medical treatment as soon as possible after an accident is vital to diagnosing a concussion injury and preventing it from getting worse. Every second counts when you have a head injury. Your doctor will be able to diagnose a severe brain injury by running tests and will put together a treatment plan that will likely include follow-up appointments to supervise your progress.
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What Is a Concussion?
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury due to a blow to the head. The impact causes the brain to move violently and suddenly inside the skull. Some common causes of head injuries include car accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and sports injuries, especially from contact sports.
It’s possible to suffer a concussion without realizing it as some symptoms could take days to present, but if you do experience symptoms, they include:
- Blurry vision
- Light and noise sensitivity
- Memory loss
- Excessive fatigue or sleepiness
- Ringing in the ears
- Mood changes
A majority of concussion patients typically recover within 30 days of suffering the injury, while some continue to experience long-lasting symptoms. You’ll likely be instructed to take time away from your normal activities, giving yourself time for physical rest. Mental rest is also important in the aftermath of a concussion. You should consider visiting the emergency department after an accident that could have caused a concussion.
What Damages Are Recoverable in Concussion Cases?
A concussion has the potential to impact your life for a temporary or long-term period depending on the severity of your injury. You not only require medical treatment that could be costly, but you might also incur additional expenses due to missing work or adapting to your injury.
Damages that could apply to your case includ
- Medical bills, including future medical costs
- Lost income, including lost earning capacity
- Property damage
- Modifications to your home
- Household services, including home and yard maintenance
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress and mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
Wrongful Death Damages for a Fatal Concussion Injury
A concussion could result in death if you fail to receive timely and appropriate treatment from a medical professional. This is why we recommend seeking medical treatment right away after an accident.
If you lost someone you love because of a concussion or another type of head injury, you and your family have our sincere condolences and support. This is a painful time for you, and we understand you need time to grieve. We want to handle your case on your behalf by filing a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation for damages such as medical bills, lost future earnings, and funeral expenses.
We consider it a special privilege to represent the surviving family members of traumatic brain injury (“T.B.I.”) victims who suffer a wrongful death as a result. We want to fight for the compensation you need and the justice your departed loved one deserves.
How Will a Lawyer Benefit People With Concussions?
Concussions and other serious brain injuries require time to heal. During this time, a lawyer from our firm will pursue compensation for the damages you are suffering in an effort to hold the liable party accountable. We will work to build a solid case to aggressively pressure the liable party and their insurer to offer an adequate settlement. If necessary, we will present your case to a jury.
As part of this work, we will:
- Investigate the cause of your concussion and determine the liable parties
- Determine which damages apply to you and calculate the value of your case
- Gather evidence such as photographs of the scene of the accident and other documentation
- Negotiate a settlement with the liable party and their insurer to reach a compensation agreement
- Be prepared to file a lawsuit and represent you in court
- Provide regular status updates
- Travel to your location on Long Island or within the New York metro area if you cannot come to us
- Protect your rights and fight for your best interests
- Evaluate your case and answer your questions during a free consultation
- Work on a contingency-fee basis so you don’t pay us unless we win your case
- Fight relentlessly, once you have retained our services, to win the best possible case outcome for you
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Is There a Deadline to File a Lawsuit for a Concussion?
You should carefully consider your options after suffering a concussion because of someone else’s negligence. Consulting with an attorney who has experience handling brain injury cases will aid you in making a decision. You generally only have a limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit in New York, according to New York Civil Practice Laws & Rules § 214. You have even less time to file a wrongful death lawsuit, according to Estates, Powers & Trusts § 5-4.1.
(Please note that the two statutes mentioned are applicable in many cases. However, depending on the unique facts of your case, a shorter statute may apply. Additionally, claims and lawsuits are governed by a variety of requirements that have deadlines. We strongly recommend that you have a consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer so that you may fully understand the deadlines that apply to your case as well as your various options for moving forward to protect your rights.)
Failing to meet the statute of limitations in your case will result in you losing the right to file a lawsuit, which means you won’t be able to recover compensation through the legal process. We will meet all deadlines in your case so this does not happen.
Learn More About Concussions From a Brain Injury Law Firm Today
Our law firm specializes in personal injury cases, including brain injuries such as concussions. If you or someone you love has a concussion due to the negligent actions or inactions of an individual or entity, you are likely entitled to recover compensation.
A team member from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. is ready to discuss your case with you. We will handle your case on your behalf, so you have time to focus on recovering from your injury. You have the right to regain a sense of normalcy and move forward.
To learn more about concussions, or to get started with a free initial consultation, please contact us today.