Head injuries are frightening. They can range anywhere from mild to life-altering, and you don’t always immediately know the extent of the injury. A concussion is such an injury. Sometimes, it heals on its own, leaving no lasting damage. Other times, it can fundamentally change a person.
At The Law Office of Brian H. Sumrall, we defend the rights of injured people. If someone’s negligence led to your concussion, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Allow our team to investigate the circumstances of your injury. We can fight on your behalf, helping get you the justice you deserve.
What Is a Concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury. Your brain essentially floats inside your skull, surrounded by cerebrospinal fluid. This fluid acts as a cushion. Sudden movements can cause your brain to shift inside your skull. The cerebrospinal fluid keeps protects your brain from these jolts.
If movements are too sudden, this cushion cannot soften the blow of the brain’s movements. Your brain can slam into the walls of your skull, creating bruising. This is a concussion.
Causes of a Concussion
There are many ways someone’s poor behavior could cause a concussion. In a car accident, you are violently shaken in any direction. Often, accident victims experience concussions from direct impact with dashboards, steering wheels, or airbags. Even if don’t hit your head, the abrupt stop of a car wreck can be enough to send your brain forward, resulting in a concussion.
A negligent business could also cause a head injury. If it doesn’t keep its aisles clear of liquids or other obstructions, you can easily slip and fall. Without time to react, you may hit your head on the solid ground, suffering brain trauma.
If you’ve been assaulted, your attacker can face criminal penalties. You also have the right to file a lawsuit against them. Blows to the head or even violent shaking can create concussions. If you’ve been harmed in this way, talk to someone on our team today.
Compensation in a Concussion Lawsuit
Civil justice is designed to financially compensate someone for their injuries. This money is called “damages.” You can receive damages for any expenses related to your injury. Brain injures require numerous treatments and doctor visits which can last for some time. In a catastrophic injury, treatment can take years or even a lifetime. These costs pile up, and a lawsuit can cover your extensive medical bills.
Your injury may also involve property damage, such as a car accident. Damages can reimburse these costs.
Major injuries affect your work as well. A personal injury lawsuit can help you recover your lost wages. If your injury forced you to miss a career opportunity or change your occupation, you could recover this “potential” income as well.
Furthermore, you may be entitled to “non-economic” damages. This money repays you for your pain and suffering. Depending on how long you suffered and to what extent, you could be entitled to a sizeable payout. If the defendant’s actions were particularly egregious, the court could force them to pay you punitive damages. These are damages that strictly punish the defendant.
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