Concussions are a topical issue these days. With chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) getting national headlines for it’s role in mental health in our athletes and even a feature length film starring Will Smith. Despite these serious stories about the negative affects of concussions, many of us are still inclined to believe they are minor injuries due to their common occurrence. Concussions are very serious injuries, and we are here to help those injured in avoidable accident recover compensation to which they are entitled through a personal injury claim.
The traumatic brain injury attorneys of Fredson Statmore Bitterman understand that concussions are in fact potentially dangerous brain injuries, and should be treated as such. We have 50 plus years of combined experience serving clients suffering from concussions in our local New Jersey communities. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, lean on our experience to seek full and fair compensation for your injuries.
Call our office today for a free and confidential consultation with a Bloomfield concussion lawyer.
What is a Concussion?
Concussions are a type of brain injury which are most often caused by violent movement of or a violent impact to the head. The medical definition of a concussion is an injury to the soft tissue of the brain or spinal cord. As a Bloomfield attorney can attest, after even a single concussion, an individual is at increased risk for future concussions and brain injuries. Symptoms of concussions can carry on for over a year and may include:
- Impaired brain function
- Short term memory loss
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of equilibrium (balance)
- Impaired eyesight
- Sensitivity to bright lights
What to Do After a Concussion Accident
Many symptoms of concussions are not always immediately apparent, leading many victims to underestimate their severity. For example, a victim of a car accident may hit their head on the steering wheel, but did not immediately lose consciousness or suffer from impaired memory. Thinking that they were fine, the individual may have refused medical care. Later in the week, that victim may suffer from headaches, sleepless nights, nausea, light sensitivity, and more.
Because of this, our Bloomfield concussion attorney always recommend these three steps in the aftermath of an accident, particularly those which involved a potential head injury:
- Seek medical attention. Not only will your doctor be able to provide the medical care necessary for you to recover from your injuries, but he or she will provide an official diagnosis of your concussion or other brain injuries. With difficult to pin down injuries, medical diagnoses from doctors are often the best proof of your injuries for personal injury claims purposes.
- Do not sign anything. You may feel fine after an accident, but be wary of signing any paperwork provided by your insurance company saying that you were uninjured in your accident. Insurance providers are primarily interested in resolving claims cheaply and quickly.
- Secure the services of an experienced attorney. There is no substitute for having a personal injury claims attorney as your advocate. If you have been injured in an accident, a qualified legal professional will guide you and your family through the compensation recovery process.
Recovering Compensation for a Concussion
Once you have completed the three steps above, our Bloomfield concussion attorneys will take it from there. We will fight for full and fair compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and more. In order to build a successful personal injury claim, we will need to show that your injuries were caused by the negligent and/or reckless actions of another party.
Finding fault for personal injury claims is highly dependent on the nature of your accident. For auto accidents, our attorneys may aim to prove that another driver was responsible due to unlawful activities such as driving while intoxicated or reckless driving. It is also possible to hold landowners responsible under premises liability statutes for failing to provide safe travel conditions.
Injury claims for concussions often come down to proving the veracity of your diagnosis. Insurance companies will almost always fight concussion claims on the grounds that the symptoms are generic and may have existed prior to your accident. Our legal team has extensive experience overcoming such accusations, and will use your diagnosis, our knowledge of state law, and in some cases, expert testimony to prove your claims and recover the compensation your family needs and deserves.
Contact our Bloomfield Concussion Attorneys Today
At The Law Office of Fredson Statmore Bitterman, we believe that victims of brain injuries deserve rightful compensation for their suffering, even when the symptoms are not immediately apparent. Our experienced legal team welcomes the challenge of complex concussion claims that other firms may not be equipped to handle. We take pride in recovering compensation for our clients.
Contact us online or over the phone today to speak with a Bloomfield concussion lawyer in a free and confidential consultation regarding your accident, your concussion, or other brain injuries, and your potential personal injury claim.