At Wieand Law Firm, LLC, we are not medical doctors. However, we have represented enough concussion victims that we have quite a bit of knowledge on the condition. A concussion is considered a mild traumatic brain injury, which can result in a variety of symptoms. Researchers have determined that there are five subtypes for concussions, and tehre are recommended treatment options for each one. These classifications are not mutually exclusive, and do share some symptoms. But, hopefully by categorizing a patient as being under one of the five subtypes, it can lead to more effective care for all cases.
We want you to know that if an injury accident causes you to sustain a concussion and another party was at least partially responsible, then you must contact us so justice and a fair amount in restitution can be sought. Here we have listed the different subtypes and symptoms associated with them:
One of the more common forms of concussions is the headache/migraine concussion. Symptoms often include sensitivity to light, smell, or sound, in addition to nausea and/or vomiting.
If you or someone you care about was diagnosed with a cognitive concussion, then they are probably exhibiting symptoms related to attention issues, problems remembering, and hindered reaction time. A treatment plan will probably entail diagnostic testing and follow-up neuropsychological assessments.
The treatment for a vestibular concussion may entail training with a physical therapist. A person who has this kind of concussion may experience fogginess, dizziness, nausea, disequilibrium, and light-headedness. The more this person moves, the more intensely their symptoms may exacerbate.
Someone who has a mood concussion, is likely to exhibit symptoms such as overwhelm, sadness, fatigue, irritability, emotionality, hopelessness (depression), and anxiety. The treatment for a mood concussion may include seeing a therapist for cognitive-behavioral therapy.
An ocular-motor concussion can lead to eye strain, headaches, light sensitivity, blurry or double vision, difficulty judging distances, and eye pain/pressure. Performing tasks on a screen or when reading can become problematic. Treatment may include receiving dynamic vision training from an optometrist.
Why You Need a Lawyer for a Concussion
Concussions themselves are quite common. Problems may come after the injury in the form of post-concussion syndrome. The syndrome is a complex condition that affects about 10% of people who get concussions. It can last for weeks, months, or even longer and often negatively affects a person’s quality of life. People who have the syndrome often spend much of their time fatigued, feeling dizzy, or dealing with insomnia and anxiety. Other symptoms include irritability, sensitivity to noise and light, and changes in behavior or emotions. Many people also experience severe headaches that mimic tension headaches or migraines. Because of the symptoms, people who have post-concussion syndrome often spend more on medical bills and cannot work as much as they did prior to the accident, if at all. This is where the help of a Philadelphia PA personal injury lawyer from Wieand Law Firm becomes necessary.
Types of Claims for Concussion-Related Injuries
A personal injury claim for a concussion-related injury is only possible if your doctor feels the injury is due to the accident. In addition to making claims for lost wages or medical bills, your Philadelphia PA personal injury lawyer may be able to help you make a pain and suffering claim. This type of claim requires testimony from you and may require testimony from your doctor as well. You’ll need to discuss your symptoms and how it negatively impacts your life, specifying how long you’ve dealt with the symptoms and whether your quality of life has seriously diminished because of it. Your lawyer will help you practice what you will say in front of the jury so that you will be comfortable when the time comes to testify.
Potential Problems in Concussion Personal Injury Cases
As with most types of personal injury lawsuits, the defendant’s insurance company will try its hardest to get out of paying you a settlement. Post-Concussion Syndrome is especially hard to use in court because the symptoms are often very vague and even cause doctors not to come to the same conclusions for patients. This is why you need the Philadelphia PA personal injury lawyer from Weiand Law Firm to fight for you. A lawyer helps you learn how to testify, but he or she also knows what to expect from insurance providers and can argue on your behalf when the time comes. Working with an attorney who understands the specifics surrounding a post-concussion syndrome can mean the difference between winning and losing your case. Let us help you win.
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Our legal team has successfully represented countless accident victims and their families in obtaining financial compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, permanent disabilities, and other losses their injuries have caused. We offer a free, zero obligation initial consultation with a member of our legal team for clients who are new to our law firm. We hope you take us up on this offer to help you during a very difficult period in you and your family’s life. Call our office today to schedule a free case evaluation with a leading Philadelphia, PA personal injury lawyer.