Concussions From Motor Vehicle Accidents
The auto accident attorneys at O'Connor Law are able to help drivers that were injured in any accidents involving cars, tractor-trailers, and motorcycles. Depending on the accident, drivers and passengers can sustain injuries that can vary in severity. When accidents do occur, our attorneys ensure that our clients are receiving support and expert knowledge on their case.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that 30% of all injuries related to deaths are a result of traumatic brain injuries. In addition, more than 14% of that statistic are caused by auto accidents. Concussions are defined by the CDC as a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head by a hit to the body, which causes the brain to move rapidly back and forth.
Medical professionals at Carrus Health categorize concussions into three types: grade 1, 2, and 3. Grade 1 concussions are defined as having mild symptoms. People who have this type of concussion may experience a headache, trouble focusing, some memory loss, and nausea. Employees can typically return to work after a few days when their symptoms are completely gone. Moderate grade 2 concussions have a few similarities to a grade 1 concussion. However, this type of concussion includes a brief period of unconsciousness. The most severe type of concussion is called grade 3. People are at risk of losing consciousness for more than a few minutes. They can also experience symptoms such as difficulty speaking, severe amnesia, and blurred vision. At this type of concussion, people can become at risk for permanent brain damage.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are several signs to tell whether a person has a concussion. The signs and symptoms of concussions can occur as quickly as the incident occurred. Common symptoms of concussions can include:
- Issues with Memory
- Loss of consciousness
- Mood, behavior, or personality changes
- Uncoordinated, confused, or dazed
- Difficulty speaking
- Headache or feeling pressure on the head
- Problems with balance or vision
- Sensitive to light or noise
Concussions can occur as a result of a motor vehicle accident. For example, a driver that is involved in a rear-end accident can receive a concussion. The impact from a vehicle that is going at a very high speed can cause the driver to jolt in their seat. The brain can move as a result of the impact and cause a severe concussion. If an accident does occur, our auto accident attorneys will fight with insurance companies on a client's behalf to make sure that they receive the rightful benefits that they deserve, including expenses for medical bills.
When someone is diagnosed with a concussion, recovery can be different for each person. It is recommended that people should rest, avoid loud noises or bright lights, and refrain from strenuous physical activity. After a week, it is recommended to gradually resume daily activities at a slow pace. For a concussion to completely heal, medical professionals state that people typically recover between 2 to 4 weeks, but the recovery time can vary depending on the severity. Symptoms from concussions can take between a week to a month after diagnosis to diminish. Before workers resume work, they should receive an official confirmation by a medical professional.
Regardless of the driver who caused the accident, there can be multiple injuries that can happen to all people involved. The auto accident attorneys at O'Connor Law want to make sure that all people involved in an auto accident receive the rightful compensation for their case. Our attorneys will support and fight for you to receive your full entitled benefits as a result of an accident. For a free consultation of your case, please call our office at 800-518-4529 to speak with one of our auto accident attorneys.