Traumatic Brain Injuries Involving Concussions
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) refer to brain trauma that is caused by an outside force. A TBI can occur when the head is struck directly, or when the head and neck are jolted in such a way that the brain shakes or moves within the skull.
Concussions are one of the most frequently treated TBIs. Concussions affect the way the brain functions, leading to physical and cognitive side effects. Brain injury lawyer Lynn C. Harris understands the potential long-term damages of a traumatic brain injury involving a concussion. He works with individuals in Salt Lake City, UT, Provo, UT, and surrounding areas to hold liable parties accountable when their recklessness or neglect results in a concussion.
Concussion symptoms vary based on the severity of the injury. Sometimes a concussion causes a person to temporarily lose consciousness, but often they do not. It is not uncommon for concussion symptoms to develop days or weeks after an injury occurs. Symptoms can be widespread and may affect a person’s cognitive and physical functions. Common concussion symptoms include:
- Ringing in the ears
- Dizziness and balance issues
- Nausea or vomiting
- Blurry vision
- General confusion
- Memory issues
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sensitivity to light and sounds
- Slurred speech
- Irritability or other personality changes
Are The Effects of a Concussion Permanent?
In most cases, the effects of a concussion are not permanent. However, the duration of concussion symptoms depends on how badly the brain tissues were damaged, and whether the injury victim receives appropriate care and treatment. Some people may experience concussion symptoms for no more than a few days, but others may have lingering side effects for months after their injury.
Concussions and Financial Damages
It is important to consider not only the physical and emotional effects of a concussion, but the economic consequences as well. Many of our Salt Lake City clients suffer substantial financial damages following a traumatic brain injury involving a concussion. Sources of financial loss may include:
- Cost of medical care and treatment
- Cost of ongoing therapy and rehabilitation
- Lost wages
- Diminished wage-earning capacity
When to Consider a Personal Injury Claim
Individuals who suffer a TBI or concussion following a car accident, slip and fall, workplace accident, or sports injury may be due financial compensation for their losses. A personal injury claim can be filed for TBI injuries if another person or party was responsible for the accident that caused the injuries.
Even if someone suspects that another person’s recklessness or neglect was the cause of their injuries, they should meet with attorney Lynn C. Harris to discuss their legal options. There is a strict statute of limitations that limits the amount of time a person has to file a personal injury claim in Utah, so it is important to act quickly in the aftermath of a concussion-causing accident.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury involving a concussion, attorney Lynn C. Harris can determine if you have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit. To discuss the details of your accident with our legal team, call (801) 521-3200 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.