Navigating Concussion Claims and Lawsuits After a Car Accident
Suffering a concussion in a car accident can be a life-altering experience, and the path to recovery can be both physically and legally complex. Concussion claims and lawsuits arising from car accidents in New Hampshire require a unique understanding of traumatic brain injuries, medical documentation, insurance negotiations, and more.
Our New Hampshire car accident attorneys at Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A. are here to offer their knowledge and experience to support you during your legal journey. With years of experience handling car accident cases involving concussions and other traumatic injuries, our legal team is well-equipped to handle every aspect of your potential claim or lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion in a New Hampshire car accident, schedule a free consultation today to learn more about your potential legal options. We are here to help.
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that commonly occurs due to a sudden impact or violent shaking of the head. While often referred to as a "mild" TBI, concussions should not be underestimated, as they can have significant and lasting effects on an individual's well-being. The primary cause of a concussion is the brain's movement within the skull, leading to various neurological disruptions.
In a car accident, concussions can occur when the head is subjected to rapid deceleration or violent movement upon impact, such as during a sudden stop, collision, or vehicle rollover. Even at relatively low speeds, the forces involved in a car crash can lead to a concussion. During such events, the brain may collide with the inside of the skull or twist and stretch within it, causing damage to brain cells and neural pathways.
Warning signs of a concussion
Concussions in car accidents can vary in severity, and their symptoms may not always be immediately evident.
Common signs of a concussion include headaches, dizziness, memory problems, confusion, mood changes, and sensitivity to light or noise. It's important to recognize that concussions can have delayed symptoms, which might manifest hours or even days after the accident.
How common are car accident concussions?
Each year, more than 289,000 individuals, on average, experience a concussion as a direct consequence of car accidents. These figures were gathered from injury data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That's one concussion occurring approximately every 70 seconds.
Within the country's broader context of 1.7 million annual concussion cases, car accidents contribute significantly, accounting for 17 percent of all concussion injuries.
Pursuing compensation for a concussion
After sustaining a concussion in a car accident, seeking compensation is not just a legal right but a critical step in ensuring your well-being and recovery. Concussions, although commonly categorized as "mild" traumatic brain injuries, can have serious and lasting effects on an individual's life.
The financial burden that follows a concussion, including medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing treatment expenses, can be overwhelming. Pursuing compensation can help alleviate this burden and provide the support needed for a full recovery.
However, to an insurance company, someone with a concussion may be viewed as having a less severe injury compared to more visibly debilitating conditions. This can lead to challenges when trying to secure fair compensation. Insurance companies may attempt to downplay the extent of the concussion, argue that it existed prior to the accident, or dispute the necessity of medical treatments.
Contact a New Hampshire car accident attorney for help
To counter these tactics and protect your rights, it's in your interest to contact a car accident lawyer. An attorney can help you build a strong case, negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, and, if necessary, pursue legal action to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Our caring and compassionate legal team at Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A. is here to deal with the insurance company and aggressively advocate for your best interests. We've recovered millions for those injured in New Hampshire car accidents and are dedicated to helping you obtain the best possible outcome for your case.
Don't let a concussion disrupt your life without seeking proper compensation. Let us fight for the justice and accountability you deserve. To learn how we can help with your potential legal case, contact us today for a free consultation. Our offices are located in Dover and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.