Head Injuries and Concussions
Let a Florida Head Injury Lawyer Help You When You Need It Most
At first, you may believe the blow to your head is no big deal. You may feel no or only minor symptoms initially. You may not even know you sustained brain damage until others begin to notice the subtle changes in your mood, judgment, thinking and memory. Only then do the sudden headaches, depression, sensory disturbances, agitation and insomnia begin to make sense. This scenario describes a common result of minor head injury. Despite its medical reference as mild, a “minor head injury” can have serious consequences on your life. After time passes and you have a chance to get back on your feet, you may think your legal options have expired. A free consultation with a Florida head injury lawyer, however, could help you understand your options.
Diagnosing Minor Head Trauma
Often the first indication of head trauma is the accident itself, whether you fell or received a violent jolt to the body, or something landed on your head. Trauma may have occurred in an auto accident, an assault, or a fall from a height. Even a relatively light force can cause damage to your brain.
Your doctor may send you for tests, including MRI, CAT scan, PET scan and other diagnostics. These tests are not only valuable tools for treating your medical condition, but are also vital to your legal case.
How Your Florida Head Injury Lawyer Can Prove Mild Head Injury Damages
The lack of outward signs of trauma can complicate head injury claims. Evidence Searcy Denney may use to prove your claim include:
- Diagnostic imaging and lab results that show the area of brain damage
- Results of diagnostic analyses for traumatic brain injury and disability as described above
- Accident reconstruction to show that your injuries are consistent with the accident
- Witnesses to testify about your behavioral, cognitive, memory and emotional changes since the accident
- Your personal experiences with pain, physical limitations and cognitive impairment since the accident.
Concussions: A Common Accident Injury
A concussion is a medical term that describes a traumatic head injury that is often mild and temporary. Mild only refers relatively to the level of brain damage. All brain damage is serious and can carry substantial long-term repercussions.
Our Florida head injury lawyers have the knowledge and experience to prove the devastating consequences of your concussive injuries. We often consult with our team of medical experts who can explain the anatomy and the long-term complications arising from your concussion. We build a strong case for your financial, emotional and physical losses to recover the maximum possible compensation.
In some cases, concussion results in immediate amnesia, loss of consciousness, sensory impairment, vomiting, confusion and dizziness. However, the symptoms of a concussion may not appear right away, but may take days or weeks to manifest as a result of changes in brain chemistry. Symptoms of a concussion are often subtle, but indicate a much more serious underlying problem.
You may feel and appear like you are recovering from your concussion, but actually have long-term damage. A concussion can result in such serious complications as:
- Epilepsy. A concussion doubles the risk that a person will develop epilepsy within five years.
- Post-concussion syndrome. Headaches, dizziness, poor attention, loss of memory, cognitive impairment and other symptoms may appear days after the concussive injury and continue for months.
- Post-traumatic headaches. Severe headaches may start a week or many months after the concussion.
- Post-traumatic vertigo. Dizziness and imbalance may manifest within days or many months.
- Cumulative brain damage. Multiple concussions may result in permanent, progressive impairment.
- Second impact syndrome. A second concussion that occurs before the previous concussion has healed can cause rapid, fatal swelling of the brain.
Risk of Multiple Concussions
Repeated concussions add to the risk of serious chronic brain disease. The individual concussions may be minor, but the cumulative effect can cause dementia, aggression, behavior changes and reduced mental functioning that alters your life forever.
Additionally, successive concussions may be fatal. If you still have symptoms of a concussion when you receive a second concussive injury, your brain may swell, which is an urgent, life-threatening condition.
Athletes in contact sports risk repetitive concussion, as do workers in high-risk industries who might have a second on-the-job accident and drivers who might be in a second auto crash.
Contact an Experienced Florida Head Injury Lawyer Today
The personal injury team at Searcy Denney has helped victims of head injuries for 40 years. Our Florida head injury lawyers recognize the pattern associated with head injuries all too well. We have handled numerous cases in which no outward sign of trauma exists. The damage is hidden underneath the skull and manifests in mysterious complex ways that can have devastating consequences. Let us help you by scheduling a free first meeting.