Washington D.C. Concussion Attorney
The Abelson Law Firm Helps Concussion Victims Recover Compensation for Their Injuries
If you follow professional sports, specifically the National Football League, you might find yourself growing increasingly familiar with the ongoing conversation about the dangers of concussions in contact sports. During the last three years, retired football players have started to come forward to discuss the long-term health effects of playing the game. This has helped to open a dialogue between the NFL and researchers in the medical community who are finding a direct correlation to contact sports and the long-term health effects of brain injuries.
A concussion is not limited to professional athletes, however—in fact, car accidents, slip and falls, and various other incidents commonly results in head trauma for everyday people.
If you suffered a concussion in an accident caused by someone else, The Abelson Law Firm can help you to seek just and fair compensation. Call today to schedule a free case evaluation with personal injury attorney Michael A. Abelson.
What Is a Concussion?
A concussion is classified as a TBI (traumatic brain injury) and occurs when a person experiences a hard hit to the head that shakes the brain into the side of the skull. This can cause damage to the tissue of the brain. In extreme cases, a concussion can result in brain bleeding as well—a potentially deadly injury that requires immediate emergency treatment.
Concussions are common injuries in car accidents when drivers’ or passengers’ heads makes sudden, forceful contact with the steering wheel or other car parts. The effects of a concussion are usually temporary—but not always—and symptoms can make work and physical activity difficult.
Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion
Recognizing a concussion can prove tricky at times since this injury shows a wide range of symptoms depending on the person and what part of the brain was affected. A few common signs that a person has suffered a concussion include:
- A headache that persists
- The feeling of general confusion and disorientation
- Dizziness and vertigo
- Nausea and vomiting
- Ringing in the ears
- Delayed response time when attempting to answer a question
- Amnesia, the inability to remember how the concussion happened and experiencing time gaps in memory
- Sensitivity to light and certain smells
In the event of a concussion, seek immediate medical care. Never self-diagnose the severity of a TBI, because oftentimes this type of injury is more serious than it first seems. Symptoms can take time to present, so always go through the proper steps of receiving a medical evaluation.
In addition, medical documentation will provide important evidence in the event that you seek compensation for your injuries. Showing the treatments you received will strongly support your case. The insurance company and the other liable party will take a close look at your medical records to determine the scope of the injury. If you delay in seeking treatment, the insurance companies will often attempt to claim that your injury wasn’t that serious. To avoid these claims, you should produce evidence that you received immediate and consistent treatments for your injury.
Potential Health Effects After a Concussion
As with any brain injury, the long-term effects of a concussion are difficult to predict. The term post-concussion syndrome describes the lasting symptoms (twelve months or longer) of a concussion. These typically include intense tension headaches that feel similar to a migraine. A serious concussion might result in permanent brain damage.
One of the most challenging side effects of a brain injury and post-concussion syndrome is when the injury causes a change in personality. Neurological changes oftentimes include extreme mood swings, attention deficits, social anxiety, and other types of emotional disturbances. A change in personality can feel like a loss of self and can lead to lost personal relationships, feelings of isolation, and depression. Although a psychological injury is sometimes difficult to quantify, it can prove as detrimental as, or worse than, the physical symptoms. For this reason, you need to work with an attorney who is skilled in catastrophic injury law.
A Lawyer Can Help
In the event of a catastrophic brain injury or a concussion that someone else’s negligence caused, you may not know how to proceed with a claim. An experienced attorney can help you navigate this complicated process. Michael A. Abelson of the Abelson Law Firm works closely with his clients to meet their needs. Some of the details that he may take off your hands include:
- Collecting evidence from the scene of the accident and establishing how the events unfolded
- Talking to people who observed the accident and gathering witness testimony
- Working with the insurance companies to file documentation correctly
- Reviewing settlement offers and negotiating for compensation
An experienced legal professional who advocates on your behalf after a catastrophic injury can make all of the difference in the outcome of your case.
Call Us Today to Discuss Your Case with a Washington, D.C. Concussion Lawyer
When you or a family member suffered a catastrophic injury such as a concussion, life can change instantly. Tasks that you found easy to complete before your injury may now seem much more difficult. A serious injury can result in time off work, lost income, and a growing stack of medical bills. Your rights matter, and working with someone who will advocate for those rights is essential at a time like this. At the Abelson Law Firm, attorney Michael A. Abelson will carefully review the details of your case and suggest the best possible course of action to receive just compensation for your injury. Contact us online or call us at (202) 331-0600 today to set up a free initial consultation.