If you sustained a head injury in an accident, lose consciousness, or began exhibiting symptoms of a head injury, call a head and concussion injury lawyer right away. You might be able to receive compensation from the party responsible for the accident.
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine in West Palm Beach, Florida offer free case reviews. Our legal team can help you determine the best legal path for your injury, damages, and life. Call today to schedule an appointment at 1-800-747-3733.
Understanding Concussions and Other Head Injuries That Occur in an Accident
You could be in an automobile accident or slip and fall in a store, lose consciousness, get treatment for other injuries, and not realize right away that you have a concussion or other head injury. You may not even lose consciousness and think the bump on your head caused no harm. You may not begin to experience symptoms for a few days.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when your brain hits the inside of your skull.
A concussion is a mild form of a TBI. Boxing and football may come to your mind when you think of concussions, but concussions occur in many ways:
- A driver strikes his or her head on the dashboard during a traffic accident
- A strike from the rear shakes the driver’s head violently
- A customer slips and falls in a restaurant and hits his or her head on the floor
- Merchandise falls from a shelf and hits a shopper on the head
A concussion usually does not cause loss of consciousness. The most common symptom is a headache. You may be unable to concentrate, have memory problems, and experience trouble with your balance and coordination. Most concussions are mild, and you should recover fully within a few days.
If you suffer a concussion, you may develop post-concussion syndrome. The symptoms of post-concussion syndrome resemble signs of a concussion but also may include the following:
- Experiencing dizziness
- Feeling tired or fatigued
- Having problems sleeping
- Being irritable or anxious
- Behaving differently
- Having emotional swings
- Developing a sensitivity to light or sound
These symptoms could last for weeks and even a year. If you experience these symptoms following an accident, you should see a doctor promptly.
Proving Your Head or Concussion Injury in West Palm Beach, Florida
To receive compensation for your head or concussion injury, you must prove the accident caused the injury.
Head or concussion injuries differ from other injuries, such as a broken leg, because they are sometimes not visible. You will need at least one doctor to say that you suffered a head or concussion injury and that the accident caused your injury directly.
The insurance company representing the party you are trying to hold liable—the driver of a car that hit your vehicle, the restaurant where you fell, or the store where an object struck you—will require that you see a doctor chosen by the insurance company. The insurance company’s doctor may say you do not have a head injury.
You Can Help Your Case by Documenting Your Symptoms
You may not know that you have a concussion or head injury immediately after the accident. If you start to experience headaches or other symptoms, make notes of your symptoms, how long they last, and how severe the pain is. Your family and friends may notice changes in your behavior, but you are the one who knows how you feel and the difficulties you are experiencing.
Your notes will come in handy when you are describing your symptoms to your doctor and will help the doctor reach an accurate diagnosis. Your notes will refresh your recollection if an insurance company requires you to make a statement. If the matter goes to trial weeks or months later, you will make a better and more believable witness.
A Doctor May Fail to Diagnose Your Head or Concussion Injury
Your head or concussion injury may be misdiagnosed or not diagnosed when you are in the emergency room following an accident. If you can prove a doctor fell below the standard of care required of the doctor, you can recover compensation from the doctor.
How an Attorney Can Help
You need an experienced personal injury attorney in West Palm Beach to look out for your interest. An attorney can hire an expert to examine you. The testimony of the expert can reinforce your doctor’s opinion that you have a head injury. An attorney can work with the insurance company to get you reasonable compensation for your injury.
Compensable Damages for Your Head or Concussion Injury
A head or concussion injury can severely impact your lifestyle. You may have chronic headaches, dizziness, and personality changes. The symptoms may cause you to lose your job.
You can recover the same type of damages for your head or concussion injury as for other injuries in a personal injury suit. These damages could include:
- Medical and pharmaceutical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Non-economic damage, pain and suffering may make up a lot of your damages, so you need an attorney to work with the insurance company to make sure you receive adequate compensation. Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine understand the size of typical awards for head and concussion injuries and will know if the settlement offer from the insurance company is reasonable. If necessary, our attorneys will go to court to file a personal injury claim make sure you obtain fair compensation for your head or concussion injury.
Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine for a Free Case Review
If you suffer a head or conclusion injury in an accident, call a head and concussion injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 for a free consultation or make an appointment on our website.