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Concussions: Not just for football players

Have you ever bumped your head and joked, "Hope I don't have a concussion!"? Well, concussions are no laughing matter, especially when they're the result of an accident. It's like your brain gets a shake-up inside your skull, and not in a fun milkshake kind of way. Whether it's from a car crash, a fall, or a sports injury, concussions can be pretty serious. So, let's break down what you need to know about concussions from accidents in a way that's as easy to understand as your favorite comic book.

What is a Concussion?

Imagine your brain is a passenger in a car (your skull), wearing a seatbelt (cerebrospinal fluid). Suddenly, the car stops abruptly or crashes, and your brain gets thrown against the skull. That's a concussion. I think of it as a brain bruise. It's a type of brain injury that messes with how your brain works. It's not about bleeding or a visible bruise; it's more about the function of your brain getting disrupted.

What Are the Symptoms of a Concussion?

Concussion symptoms can be sneaky because they might not show up right away. They can include:

  • Feeling dazed or confused, like you just woke up from a nap and don't know what day it is.
  • Headaches that just won't quit.
  • Nausea or vomiting, making you feel like you're on a never-ending roller coaster.
  • Trouble with balance or dizziness, as if you're walking on a boat.
  • Blurry vision, making everything look like a bad photo.
  • Sensitivity to light or noise, where even your phone screen or a normal conversation feels like too much.

How Common is a Concussion?

Concussions are more common than you might think. They're not just for football players or stunt doubles. Anyone can get a concussion from a car accident, a fall, or even just bumping heads with someone. It's one of the most common types of brain injuries out there.

Are Accidents the Only Way You Can Get a Concussion?

While accidents are a major cause, they're not the only way to get a concussion. Sports injuries, especially in contact sports, are a biggie. But even things like shaking your head too hard or a sudden stop without a direct hit to the head can cause a concussion. It's all about the jolt or blow that disrupts your brain's normal functions.

What Should I Do If I Think I Have a Concussion?

If you hit your head and start feeling off, here's what you should do:

  • First, stop what you're doing and rest. Your brain needs a break.
  • Get checked out by a doctor, even if you think it's no big deal. Better safe than sorry.
  • Follow the doctor's advice, which might include resting, avoiding screens, and not rushing back to daily activities.
  • Keep track of your symptoms and let your doctor know if things get worse or don't improve.

What Happens If I'm Partly Responsible For the Accident That Caused My Concussion?

Even if you think you're partly to blame for the accident, you might still have a case. Laws differ from place to place, but often, compensation is determined by figuring out who was more at fault. Don't write off your situation before talking to a legal expert.

What Compensation is Available to Concussion Injury Victims?

If you've got a concussion because of someone else's actions, you might be able to get compensation for:

  • Medical expenses because checking and treating a concussion isn't free.
  • Lost wages for the work you miss while you're recovering.
  • Pain and suffering, because it's not just about the physical injury but also how it affects your life.

Schedule a Free Case Assessment With Our Legal Team

Think you might have a concussion case? Don't go it alone. Our legal team offers free case assessments to help you understand your rights and options. We can guide you through the process, from understanding your injury to fighting for the compensation you deserve. Reach out and let us help you navigate this challenging time. Get back to your life.

Dealing with a concussion injury and the legal maze that follows can feel like trying to solve a puzzle with missing pieces. That's where a personal injury attorney comes in. They can:

  • Figure Out the Legal Stuff: They know the ins and outs of the law and can help you navigate the claims process.
  • Deal with Insurance Companies: So you don't have to, ensuring you don't get lowballed.
  • Fight for Your Compensation: Whether it's through negotiation or in court, they'll work to get you what you deserve.

Concussion injuries might not sound serious, but they can really mess up your day-to-day life. If you're dealing with this kind of injury, remember, you're not alone. An experienced personal injury attorney can help guide you through the process, fighting for the compensation you need to recover and get back to your life.

Why Choose Us?

At Emerson Divorce and Accident Injury Attorneys, L.L.C., we have extensive experience in the courtroom, litigating on behalf of our injured clients. Our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys have been awarded membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and named among the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Call us at (317) 969-8000 if you have suffered concussion injury in an accident that was someone else’s fault. We are dedicated to defending the rights of people seriously injured through the negligence of others.

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