Traumatic brain injuries are categorized as mild, moderate, or severe. A concussion is generally considered to be a mild brain injury, but that does not mean it should not be taken seriously. If you were in a car accident or slip and fall and have been diagnosed with a concussion, learn more about this condition and understand your right to compensation.
Symptoms of a Concussion
If you hit your head on the ground in a slip and fall or on the steering wheel in a car accident, it is pretty likely that you have at least a mild concussion. However, you could also sustain a concussion from a hit or jolt to the body that forces the head back and forth rapidly, even when your head is not impacted. Either way, a concussion will cause some or all of the following symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Slurred speech
- Ringing in the ears
- Delayed response to questions
- Loss of consciousness
If you experience any of these symptoms after an accident, you should see a doctor for a thorough exam. Early intervention and treatment can prevent more serious and permanent effects of brain damage. If you are diagnosed with a concussion, your treatment plan might consist of the following:
- Rest, pain relievers and ice packs for headaches, and avoiding bright light
- Restricted activities, such as avoiding phone use, television, video games, and reading
- Close monitoring by a doctor who will watch for new or worsening symptoms
- Rehabilitation may be required to regain full functioning in some situations
A very real concern when you have had a concussion is experiencing another blow to the head before the first concussion has healed completely. Repeated concussions can lead to long-term memory loss, psychiatric disorders, brain damage, and other neurological problems.
Damages for Mild TBI
Even with a mild concussion, you can accumulate medical bills and miss days or weeks of work, costing you wages. If the accident that caused your concussion was someone else’s fault, you might be able to hold that person liable for your damages. Talk to the brain injury attorneys at the Mottley Law Firm to find out if you have a personal injury case. We will evaluate your situation and let you know what your options are. Call our Richmond office or fill out the form on this page to get in touch with us today.