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What is a Concussion?

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What is a Concussion?

The word ‘concussion’ is the generic term that is often used to describe closed head injuries or traumatic brain injuries. Concussions are not visible to the naked eye, but the damage they cause may sometimes be seen on MRIs or CAT scans. The effects of a concussion are typically temporary, but repeated concussions can cause permanent cognitive changes or death.

Concussions are currently getting a lot of media attention as we learn more about the extremely harmful effects that multiple concussions can have on individuals. Consecutive concussions are most common in recreational and professional football, but can also happen in other recreational and professional sports, including:

  • Skateboarding
  • Snowboarding
  • Skiing
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Bicycling
  • Basketball

Suffering multiple concussions can lead to devastating consequences, especially if the brain hasn’t had time to properly heal after the first injury. As a result, it is extremely important to take special precautions to protect one’s head and brain after suffering a concussion, or something called ‘second impact syndrome’ may occur. For athletes, this often means ceasing participation in the sport for several months to give the brain time to heal, while limiting the possibility of re-injury.

Common Causes of Accident-Related Concussions

Concussions can also be caused by accidents that are not associated with sports. Some common causes of accident-related concussions include:

  • Car Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Slip & Fall Accidents
  • Trip & Fall Accidents
  • Falls from Buildings, Ladders and Elevated Platforms

If you have suffered a concussion as a result of any of the accidents listed above or another type of accident, you may be able to pursue a claim for your injuries against the person who caused, or was responsible for, the accident that led to your injury.

Compensation in Concussion Cases

Each situation is different, so we will need to talk about the circumstances that led up to your injury. But, you may be able to recover financially for your concussion and can do so without spending any of your own money. At The Ernst Law Group, we represent, on a contingency fee basis, individuals who have suffered concussions. This means that we can wait to get paid until your case is resolved, rather than asking you to pay us for our services up front.

Call us today for a free consultation and learn about how we can help you with your concussion case.

 

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