Naples Concussion Injury Lawyer
The term “concussion” is often used to describe a traumatic brain injury that occurs due to a blow to the head. Concussions are often associated with playing contact sports such as football. But they are more commonly the result of auto accidents and slip and falls.
While many concussions are not serious and resolve on their own, there are cases where victims continue to experience symptoms for weeks, months, or even years afterward. These symptoms can have a significant impact on the victim’s quality of life and require extended medical treatment. So if the concussion itself was the result of another person’s negligent conduct, the victim has the right to seek compensation for these damages. A Naples concussion injury lawyer can provide invaluable advice and representation in this area. At Cardinal Law, P.A., we have helped many concussion victims seek and obtain damages arising from car accidents, slip and falls, and similar incidents where third-party conduct played a role.
What Are the Common Symptoms of a Concussion?
It is sometimes assumed that if a person does not lose consciousness or “black out” after a sudden violent blow to the head, then they did not suffer a concussion. That is not true. While loss of consciousness is a symptom of a concussion it is not a necessary one. Indeed, many people get up and walk around normally following a concussion, only to begin experiencing the symptoms later.
So how does someone know if they might have suffered a concussion? Some of the more common symptoms include:
- tinnitus, i.e. ringing in the ears;
- nausea and vomiting;
- fatigue, drowsiness, or sleep disturbances;
- dizziness or blurred vision;
- mental confusion or the feeling that you are “in a fog”;
- memory loss, such as amnesia about the accident or event that caused the concussion;
- ongoing concentration or memory problems;
- slurred or delayed speech;
- sensitivity to light and noise;
- sudden personality changes or mood swings; and
- difficulty tasting or smelling.
It is always critical to seek medical attention following an accident or if you experience any of these symptoms shortly afterwards. Concussions can be difficult to prove in a personal injury case precisely because the symptoms are broad and often delayed. So the sooner you can establish a medical “paper trail” between an accident and the diagnosis of your concussion, the more likely you will be successful in pursuing a claim for damages against the negligent parties.
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Legal damages for a concussion extend far beyond the medical costs of your treatment. Concussion victims are often unable to return to work for an extended period of time, and in serious cases may be unable to resume their prior job. A negligent party can be required to compensate the victim for such losses. In addition, the victim is entitled to non-economic damages for their ongoing pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life due to their symptoms.
So if you or someone in your family has sustained a serious brain injury and needs legal advice from a qualified Naples concussion injury lawyer, contact Cardinal Law, P.A., today to schedule a free initial consultation.