Concussion victims are becoming increasingly aware of the long term effects of this devastating injury. Any avid sports fan can tell you that concussions are now at the forefront for medical research and study in the sports world. High profile example of concussion victims include Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins), Austin Collie (Indianapolis Colts), and other athletes. Unfortunately, sports stars are not the only ones who sustain concussions.
A concussion can be caused by anything ranging from a fall, a car accident, a sports injury, or being struck on the head with an object. It is an injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. The diagnosis of concussion may require a series of neurological tests performed by a doctor and perhaps a CT scan of the brain.
As more information becomes known about the long term effect of concussions, and how even mild concussions can affect one’s quality of life, the courts are becoming more conscious of the compensation required to help these victims. Recent case law suggests that injured plaintiffs who suffer concussions are receiving larger damages awards to help them with recovery.
The key for both a better recovery and – if you are a personal injury plaintiff – higher damage awards, is early diagnosis and treatment of post-concussion symptoms. Any injury that results in headaches, nausea, blurred vision, or loss of short term memory should be addressed by a physician as soon as possible.
Often, a concussion victim suffers from fatigue, debilitating headaches and their quality of life decreases. Concussion victims find it difficult to work, concentrate, socialize, or even play with their kids.
Proper compensation for concussion victims is available. If you are injured in an accident and concussion symptoms appear, a trip to the doctor should be followed by a trip to a lawyer to learn about your rights.