Concussion Injury Lawyers in Atlanta
We fight for the compensation you deserve
Any time you suffer trauma to the head in an accident, you are at risk of sustaining a common brain injury known as a concussion. Technically classified as a “mild” traumatic brain injury (mTBI), a concussion has the potential to have long-term consequences that can impact the rest of your life. Whether you hit your head in a slip and fall or a car accident, you should take concussion symptoms seriously and move fast to protect your health and legal rights.
When you try to recover compensation for a concussion through a lawsuit or an injury claim, the insurance company doesn’t look at you as a real person with a real injury, but rather as a threat to their bottom line. Insurance adjusters are trained professionals who know all the ways to reduce your compensation or outright deny your claim. That’s why it’s critical you get an experienced personal injury lawyer in your corner who will advocate for your best interests and won’t let the insurance company take advantage of you.
At Gary Martin Hays & Associates, our dedicated attorneys are prepared to take an aggressive stance with the insurance company and fight for the compensation you deserve.
How do you get a concussion?
A concussion occurs when your brain collides with the inside of your skull and causes damage that affects your normal brain function. This can happen as a result of a blow to the head or by the violent shaking of the head and neck.
Symptoms and recovery time will vary depending on the grade of your concussion, though most concussions will heal on their own with proper rest and treatment. While rare, some people develop post-concussion syndrome and experience symptoms that last for weeks, months, or even years after the initial injury.
What are the warning signs of a concussion?
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that can cause a wide range of symptoms. If you sustain a concussion, you may experience:
- Blurry or double vision
- Vomiting or nausea
- Memory loss
- Trouble concentrating
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Problems sleeping
- Sensitivity to light
You don’t have to black out or get knocked unconscious to sustain a concussion. Even if you feel fine immediately after your accident, don’t wait to see a doctor. If you think you’re experiencing concussion symptoms, get checked out right away by a licensed medical professional.
Some brain injuries have delayed onset symptoms that can be masked by the adrenaline that’s released during your accident, only to show up hours or days later. This is important, because if you sustain another concussion before your current injury has had enough time to heal, you may suffer from a condition called second impact syndrome. While rare, second impact syndrome is almost always fatal.
Those who experience multiple concussions or brain injuries may also be at risk of developing a degenerative brain disease known as CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), though this condition is more common in those with a history of brain damage.
How is a concussion diagnosed?
If you’re experiencing symptoms of a concussion you need to see a licensed medical professional right away. To diagnose your injury, you may need to undergo a CT scan or MRI. Your doctor may also perform a neurological examination or evaluate your brain function through a cognitive test. In some cases, you may need to stay at a hospital overnight for observation. A grade 3 concussion is generally the most severe type of diagnosis while grade 2 and grade 1 concussions are considered moderate and mild, respectively.
Protect your rights with an experienced attorney
Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries can be costly. Along with your medical bills and lost wages, you may be able to recover compensation for loss of earning capacity if your career has been negatively impacted by your injury. You may also be able to pursue compensation for pain and suffering, diminished quality of life, and other damages.
If you think the insurance company is going to willingly pay for all that without putting up a fight, think again. Their goal is to resolve your claim as quickly and cheaply as possible, even if it means you don’t receive the full amount of compensation that you’re legally entitled to recover.
You don’t need to settle for less than what you deserve. You can learn the true value for your concussion claim by scheduling a free consultation with our Georgia law firm. With our Zero Fee Guarantee, you pay nothing unless we win. Contact us online or call 1-800-898-HAYS today to get started.