Can you file a claim for a concussion?

Yes. A concussion is an injury that warrants compensation just like a broken bone or a shattered spine. Concussions can dramatically impair a person’s life, making it very hard for many of our clients to return to work and to earn income, which compounds the financial stress our clients feel after a wreck.

Filing a claim for a concussion is in many ways no different than filing any other claim. Hold onto paperwork showing how much you spent getting medical care for your concussion, including the costs of imaging tests (like CT scans) and prescription drugs to help you manage depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders. However, filing a claim for a concussion does present some unique problems.

A concussion can substantially reduce the quality of a victim’s life, so much compensation will come in the form of pain and suffering, which is harder to prove. You should keep a detailed journal that documents how the concussion has changed your life by making it hard to enjoy hobbies, spend time with family members, or go out in public. Meet with an attorney to discuss.

Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries

Severe traumatic brain injuries often result in neuro-biological damage that causes a permanent loss – or a permanent impairment – of one or more cognitive and/or sensory functions. These may include any – or all – of the following:

  • Attention
  • Comprehension
  • Concentration
  • Hearing
  • Memory
  • Perception
  • Processing
  • Smell
  • Speech and Language
  • Taste
  • Vision

Severe traumatic brain injuries can also result in a variety of emotional and psychological changes for the injured party. Some examples of these are as follows:

  • Aggression
  • Depression
  • Disinhibition
  • Emotional Dependence
  • Irritability
  • Lack of Awareness
  • Lack of Motivation
  • Mood Swings

Finally, severe traumatic brain injuries can also result in a variety of physical changes – including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Appetite Changes
  • Chronic Pain
  • Loss of Control of Bladder or Bowel
  • Paralysis or Spasticity
  • Regulation of Body Temperature
  • Sleep Disorders

Life-Changing Effects

Because the effects of severe traumatic brain injuries often last a lifetime – and because the damage they cause often requires ongoing care and treatment – they can devastate an entire family emotionally, financially, mentally, and physically. Every member of the injured survivor’s family is usually affected – and relationships and family roles are often changed instantaneously and forever. Things are truly never the same after a member of a family has suffered a severe traumatic brain injury.

No family is ever prepared to deal with the consequences of a severe traumatic brain injury – especially when the injured family member was injured through someone else’s fault.

The fear and urgency that occurs at the time of the injury, the ambiguity and uncertainty that arise once it is clear that the injured family member will survive, and the anxiety and stress that take place as family members are forced to deal with the long-term consequences of the injury all place an enormous burden on the entire family unit. Severe traumatic brain injuries can also have a very devastating economic impact on the entire family.

Although insurance coverage may provide some relief, most policies have limits that can be exceeded very quickly when dealing with this type of injury. Litigation to seek compensation from any liable parties in your accident is often needed, though this type of matter is usually complicated, requires one or more expert witnesses, and can drag on for a long period of time.

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Brain injuries involve damage to the brain tissue that is generally categorized as mild, moderate, or severe. Mild traumatic brain injuries, which are sometimes referred to as concussions, generally involve a loss of consciousness for less than 20 minutes whereas severe traumatic brain injuries are generally associated with a loss of consciousness for more than 20 minutes and a possible memory loss of more than 24 hours.

If a member of your family has suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, call trial attorney Michael Geoffroy today at 770-988-5252  for a free consultation or send us an email through our online contact form. Let our experienced legal team help you achieve a fair and equitable outcome for you and your family member.