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 A Personal Injury Lawyer for Concussions  Philadelphia, PA Personal Injury Lawyer

One of the most frequent types of head injuries that accident victims suffer is a concussion. A concussion can occur from a car accident, slip and fall accident, work injury, and more. If you suffered from a concussion, or other injury, a Philadelphia, PA personal injury lawyer from Wieand Law Firm would like to speak with you. 

When a person is hit in the head and that causes the brain to be shaken around the skull, the result is often a concussion. Many people who get a bump on the head do not even realize they have a concussion. However, even a minor concussion can become serious if left untreated. This is why any time someone has been hit in the head, they should seek medical attention immediately. 

Some people who are hit in the head think there’s no way they can have a concussion because they did not lose consciousness. But it is not necessary to go unconscious to have a concussion injury. In fact, victims usually only lose consciousness when they have suffered the most severe type of concussion.

Many concussion victims are not aware they have been injured because there is often a delay of symptoms. This delay can be a few hours or even a few days. If you or a loved one has been hit in the head, it is important to watch for any of the following signs over the next several days following the incident:

  •        Behavior changes
  •        Clumsiness
  •        Dazed feelings
  •        Difficulty with concentration
  •        Difficulty with memory
  •        Difficulty with speaking
  •        Dizziness
  •        Drowsiness
  •        Ears ringing
  •        Headaches
  •        Issues with balance
  •        Light sensitivity
  •        Nausea
  •        Noise sensitivity
  •        Personality changes
  •        Sluggishness
  •        Slurred speech
  •        Vomiting

As a member of our legal team might explain to you, there are three grades of concussions. Grade 1 and grade 2 are less severe and treatment usually consists of rest until all symptoms are gone. A grade 3 concussion is more serious and usually requires diagnostic tests and medical treatments. A victim may have to have MRIs, CT scans, reflex, and coordination tests to determine what the extent of the injury is and if there is any internal bleeding.

No matter what grade concussion a victim has suffered, there is always the risk that future concussions could cause serious health issues. A victim who sustains repeated concussions can end up with disabilities, swelling of the brain, permanent brain damage, and death. If a concussion was the result of negligence, a lawyer can help you to recover damages. 

Five Myths About Concussions

Myth 1: You Have To Lose Consciousness To Have a Concussion

This myth is dangerous, because it could keep people who have concussions from receiving the medical care they need after a concussion. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center reports that only around 10% of concussions involve the loss of consciousness.

Myth 2: You Have To Hit Your Head To Get a Concussion

Concussions can happen in conjunction with whiplash in a car accident. The violent shaking of your head back and forth can cause a concussion and a coup-contrecoup injury, when the brain impacts the other side of the skull from the first contact. If you received a concussion in a car accident, speak to a Philadelphia PA personal injury lawyer from the Wieand Law Firm about pursuing a personal injury claim against the other driver.

Myth 3: A Person With a Concussion Must Be Taken to the Emergency Room

You only need to go to the emergency room with a concussion if you’re showing major symptoms, which include:

  • Loss of consciousness 
  • Unusual behavior, including increased confusion, restlessness or agitation
  • Seizures
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Drowsiness or inability to wake up
  • Prolonged confusion or amnesia
  • Neck pain
  • One pupil larger than the other
  • Have had a multiple concussions in the past
  • Convulsions or seizures (shaking or twitching)
  • A headache that gets worse and won’t go away
  • Slurred speech, weakness, numbness or decreased coordination

Myth 4: You Have To Keep Someone With a Concussion Awake

Sleep is crucial in recovering from a concussion. This myth arose because people felt the need to check on the concussion victim every hour or two for changes in their health, particularly looking for the symptoms listed above. This is why you should see a doctor if you suspect you have a concussion, so the doctor can rule out anything more serious going on. If your concussion was caused by a slip and fall, reach out to a Philadelphia PA personal injury lawyer from Wieand Law Firm to discuss a personal injury claim.

Myth 5: All Concussions Are the Same for Everyone

Every brain is different, so every concussion is, too. Even if the same person sustains a second concussion at some point in her life, it will likely be from different circumstances, which also makes a difference. If you believe your concussion was the result of someone’s negligence, such as medical malpractice, contact a Philadelphia PA personal injury lawyer for help. 

Have You Been Injured?

If you or a family member has been the victim of an accident causing a brain injury, contact Wieand Law Firm to speak with one of our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers in Pennsylvania to find out what type of legal options you may have for the damages your injuries have caused.

Concussion Sub-Types Explained

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:

Headache/Migraine Concussion
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.

Cognitive Concussion

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.

Vestibular Concussion

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. 

Mood Concussion

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. 

Ocular-Motor Concussion

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. 

Call Wieand Law Firm, LLC Now

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. 


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