Concussions are common car accident injuries. A concussion can result from a blow to the head, such as hitting your head on the steering wheel, window, or dashboard. It can also occur if your head is struck by an object flying around in the vehicle. In some cases, a concussion may occur from your head being violently whipped back and forth during the initial impact (whiplash). Regardless of the cause, a concussion can result in long-term impairments and complications. A Sacramento accident attorney can help you file a claim to recover compensation for your concussion injury.
When Should I Be Concerned About My Car Accident Concussion Symptoms?
A concussion can range from mild to severe. Mild concussions typically heal within a few weeks, but you should always be checked by a physician even if you don’t believe the concussion is serious. Only a physician can determine the severity of a head injury after a car accident.
Symptoms of a concussion may include:
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Loss of consciousness
- Slurred speech
- Confusion or the appearance of being dazed
- Ringing in the ears
Other symptoms may develop over a few hours or days, such as problems with sleep, concentration, memory, sensitivity to light or sound, irritability, and depression.
If your concussion symptoms persist, you develop additional symptoms, or the symptoms grow worse, you need to see a doctor immediately. Concussion symptoms that do not go away or worsen could be a sign of traumatic brain injury (TBI) or other severe brain injury.
A neurologist may need to perform one or more diagnostic tests to determine the severity of the brain injury. Once the injury is diagnosed, doctors can develop a treatment plan to give the person the best chance of recovery. In cases involving permanent impairment, a treatment plan may include several forms of therapy and treatment that help the person learn to manage the changes that a permanent disability from brain injury can bring to his or her life.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim for Concussion Injuries
Individuals who sustain concussions during a car accident can be at risk for developing chronic symptoms and complications from brain injuries. In severe cases, a person may not be able to work or perform other activities of daily living. Medical care, personal care, and loss of income can be substantial after a brain injury. Filing a personal injury claim can help recover the cost of care for brain injuries. It can also help provide compensation for future care and financial losses.
Additionally, an accident victim may also be entitled to compensation for noneconomic or pain & suffering damages such as physical pain, emotional distress, and a decrease in quality of life.
A Sacramento personal injury lawyer can help you seek the compensation you deserve after a concussion or brain injury.
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Our legal team helps people who are injured in car accidents. Let us take care of the accident investigation and dealing with the insurance company for the other driver while you focus on healing after a car accident.
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Whiplash is a common soft tissue injury that occurs as a result of motor vehicle accidents. However, whiplash is also a common injury in premises liability cases (slip and fall accidents), sporting injuries, recreational activity accidents, workplace accidents, and physical assaults. Many cases of whiplash heal within a few weeks, but some whiplash victims experience long-term or chronic whiplash symptoms and complications.
Seeking medical treatment from an experienced physician and legal advice from a trusted Sacramento whiplash attorney can help protect your health and legal rights after sustaining a whiplash injury.
Common Whiplash Injury Signs and Symptoms
Whiplash injuries occur when your head is thrown suddenly in a backward-forward motion. The sudden motion extends the neck, causing the soft tissues to extend and potentially tear. The result can vary from minor pain to severe headaches and limited range of motions.
Five of the most common symptoms of whiplash injury include:
1. Neck Pain and/or Stiffness
2. Loss of Range of Motion
5. Shoulder, arm, and/or upper back pain and tenderness
If you experienced any of the above symptoms, it is a wise choice to see a doctor so that the doctor can confirm whiplash and evaluate the extent of the injury. Minor whiplash injuries may be treated at home with rest and time. Most severe whiplash injuries might require substantial medical treatment. Chronic or traumatic cases of whiplash might require braces, physical therapy, injections, or surgery. A medical provider is trained to evaluable, diagnose, and propose the correct treatment plan for whiplash.
Brain Injuries Associated with Whiplash
When the head is thrown backward and forward, neck injuries are common. However, brain injuries may also occur. A closed head injury occurs when the brain moves around within the skull because of a sudden motion. The soft brain tissue strikes the bony portions of the skull causing brain damage. The severity of the brain damage depends on the location of the damage and the level of damage.
Some symptoms after whiplash that could indicate a closed brain injury or traumatic brain injury include, but are not limited to:
- Blurred vision
- Loss of consciousness
- Ringing in the ear
- Sleep disturbances
- Lack of concentration
- Memory problems
- Mood swings and irritability
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Lack of coordination
If a person experiences any symptoms that could also be associated with a brain injury or other injuries after a whiplash injury should see immediate medical attention. Also, victims whose symptoms persist or continue to worsen after a whiplash injury should see a doctor as soon as possible. Prompt medical attention can help prevent the development of serious complications and worsening conditions.
Whiplash Can Result in Long-Term Conditions
A whiplash injury can result in long-term impairments and disabilities. Some victims are unable to return to normal daily activities of living or return to a normal work schedule. The damages in a whiplash can be substantial. For that reason, you need an experienced Sacramento whiplash attorney to investigate your case, identify the cause of the whiplash, name the responsible parties, and seek full compensation of all damages.
Contact our Sacramento Whiplash Attorneys for Help
If you suffer from whiplash, let us help. Contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to request your free consultation to discuss your accident and injury claim with a Sacramento whiplash attorney.
Head injuries are common car accident injuries. There are a variety of head injuries that a person might suffer because of a traffic accident, including concussions, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), skull fractures, bleeding, and penetrating brain injuries. Concussions can often go unnoticed because some of the symptoms of a concussion can be overlooked or associated with other injuries.
It is important to understand the signs of a concussion and seek immediate medical treatment for a concussion after a car crash. Prompt medical treatment of head injuries can help reduce the risk of some complications and further damage.
Seven Signs You Might Have a Concussion After a Car Accident
Symptoms of a concussion can take several hours or days to develop. A person injured in a car crash might not be immediately aware that he or she sustained a concussion. Concussion symptoms can vary from person to person, depending on the severity of the head injury and the person.
Seven common signs that indicate you might have sustained a concussion and need to see a doctor as soon as possible include:
1. Loss of Consciousness — If you lose consciousness after a crash, see a doctor immediately. However, it is important to remember that you can sustain a severe head injury without losing consciousness.
2. Feeling Nauseous — Being nauseated or vomiting after a car accident could indicate a concussion, especially if the symptoms do not go away or increase in severity.
3. Headaches — Headaches are another common concussion symptom. They can increase in severity or continue as a dull, persistent ache. Blurry vision, along with a headache, in an indication you should see a doctor immediately.
4. Ringing in the Ears and Seeing Stars — Many individuals who sustain a concussion report “seeing stars” and hearing ringing in their ears.
5. Disruption in Sleep Patterns — Sleeping too much or being unable to sleep can indicate a concussion or other head injury after a car accident.
6. Amnesia or Confusion — If you experience periods of confusion or you have amnesia, see a doctor immediately. Forgetting names, dates, or having difficulty concentrating can all be signs of a head injury.
7. Changes in Mood or Personality — It can be easy to pass off changes in mood after an accident to stress and anxiety. However, changes in personality and mood are another common sign that you could have sustained a head injury because of the accident.
Seeking Medical Treatment for a Concussion
While many individuals recover fully from a concussion after a car accident, some cases can result in permanent impairments or disabilities. You cannot be sure of the severity of a head injury until a medical professional performs a complete evaluation and medical examination. Without a medical evaluation, your head injury could lead to more severe consequences.
Seeking medical treatment for head injuries after a car accident helps reduce the risk that you might develop serious complications and conditions related to brain injuries. It also helps document your injuries from the car accident for a personal injury claim. To recover compensation for your injuries, we must prove the injuries were sustained in the crash. Delays in medical treatment make that task more difficult.
Contact a Sacramento Brain Injury Attorney for Help
If you sustained a brain injury in a car accident, we can help. Contact our office for a free consultation with one of our Sacramento brain injury lawyers.
Call The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or visit our website for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Many slip and fall accidents do not cause serious or life-altering injuries. Accident victims heal fully within a few weeks or months of the fall. While the injuries can result in medical bills and lost income, the person can return to their normal daily activities and life after their recovery. However, some slip and fall accident victims sustain injuries that cause permanent disabilities from a slip and fall accident. For those victims, life is never the same.
Three Slip and Fall Injuries That Can Change Your Life
Some broken bones heal without causing permanent impairments. However, some fractures cause significant damage to joints or bones. These fractures often require surgery to repair the damage. Even with intensive physical therapy, the victim may not recover fully. In some cases, a broken bone from a slip and fall can cause a permanent impairment that makes it difficult or impossible for the person to return to normal activities, including work.
Traumatic Brain Injury
A fall can cause a concussion or other brain injury if the person’s head strikes the floor or other object during the fall. In some cases, a person can sustain a brain injury even without striking their head if the falling motion causes the head to jerk severely backward and forward or from side-to-side. The brain “bounces” around within the skull striking the skull in numerous places causing damage to the brain.
Depending on the severity of the head injury, a fall victim can sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
TBI symptoms include:
- Loss of consciousness, but it is not necessary to lose consciousness to suffer a TBI
- Blurry vision
- Vomiting or nausea
- Ringing in the ears
- Memory problems
- Slurred speech
- Changes in sleep Patterson
- Changes in emotional behavior
The long-term consequences of a traumatic brain injury can be debilitating. Some potential long-term effects of a serious TBI include seizures, coma, minimally conscious state, chronic headaches, vertigo, blood vessel damage, paralysis, intellectual problems, communication problems, sensory problems, and emotional disorders. TBI can also increase a person’s risk of developing degenerative brain diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.
The financial, physical, and emotional damages caused by a TBI from a slip and fall are typically substantial for the victim and the family.
Back Injuries and Neck Injuries
Back injuries are also common in slip and fall accidents. While some back injuries may heal completely, a victim can sustain a severe back injury that may involve injury to the spinal cord. With spinal cord injuries, a victim could be partially or completely paralyzed. Back injuries can also result in painful and debilitating damage to the vertebrae (bones in the spine) and the discs between the vertebrae (i.e. ruptured discs).
Neck injuries are also common in slip and fall accidents. The fall can result in damage to the neck muscles and tendons. Severe cases of neck injury or whiplash can result in impaired mobility and chronic pain that interferes with normal daily activities and work.
Contact a Sacramento Slip and Fall Attorney for Help
A slip and fall accident can result in permanent impairments. Regardless of the severity of your slip and fall injury, you might be entitled to significant compensation for your medical expenses, loss of income, permanent impairments, scarring, pain, and suffering.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000. Our Sacramento slip and fall attorneys can explain more about personal injury claims and how you can recover compensation from a negligent property owner during a free consultation.
Proving liability for a slip and fall accident in California can be difficult. Additionally, the defense may raise certain defenses to negligence and liability that could result in a denial of your slip and fall claim. Working with a California slip and fall attorney in Sacramento can give you an advantage. An experienced personal injury lawyer understands the various defenses used in slip and fall cases and how to prepare to overcome those defenses.
Common Slip and Fall Defenses
Some of the common defense strategies used in slip and fall cases include:
You failed to prove all four legal elements of a slip and fall claim.
There are four basic legal elements that you must prove before you can receive compensation for a slip and fall claim. You must prove that the property owner owed you a duty; the owner breached that duty; the breach was the cause of your accident; and, you sustained damages because of the breach and resulting accident.
Failing to prove any one of the four legal elements is sufficient for the defense to win the case. Therefore, the defense may attack what it believes is the weakest element in an attempt to avoid liability.
Assumption of Risk
In some cases, a party might not be liable for injuries if the victim was aware of the risk of injury and “assumed” that risk by voluntarily proceeding. This defense is often used when victims sign waivers to participate in sports or recreational activities. Even if you understand that something is dangerous and you could be injured by participating, that fact does not always absolve the property owner from liability. Grossly negligent and intentional acts are typically not covered by the assumption of risk defense.
Comparative fault defenses are based on the argument that the victim was partially at fault for causing the injury. Because the victim contributed to the cause of the injury, the victim is not entitled to full compensation for all damages.
Under California’s comparative fault laws, the amount you receive for your slip and fall accident can be reduced by the percentage of responsibility or fault assigned to you for the accident. For example, if a jury assigns you 20 percent of the fault for the accident and your total damages equal $100,000, the most you can receive for your claim would be $80,000.
Do You Need a Sacramento Slip and Fall Attorney?
If you are injured in a fall, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses. However, the insurance company and defense team may raise one or more defenses that could result in a denial of the claim or a reduction in the amount of money you receive for your claim.
Sacramento slip and fall attorneys understand the personal injury laws and negligence laws related to slips, trips, and falls. They also understand the various defense strategies used to prevent victims from obtaining fair and just compensation for valid injury claims. An attorney can help you fight for what you deserve after being injured in a slip and fall accident.
Contact our California premises liability attorneys for a free consultation by calling The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website.