What Is Concussion Awareness Day?
Brooke Mills created Concussion Awareness Day — celebrated on September 20 — after suffering from a concussion her freshman year in high school. This critical day allows us a great time to remember the dangers of concussions.
Did you know that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are increasing? The CDC says that between 2006 and 2014:
TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths increased by 53%.
That’s why this month is an important time to acknowledge the Brain Injury Association of America for all they do to help the injured heal. There are a variety of ways to show support.
They range from hosting bake sales, car washes, and information tables to other fundraisers. Sometimes, even merely educating fellow students or colleagues on the dangers of brain injuries is a great way to give back and show support.
What Is a Concussion?
The Mayo Clinic defines a concussion as a TBI that alters the way your brain functions. There are almost four million concussions in the United States each year.
A concussion can be a blow to the head that occurs while playing sports or after a fall. It can even be caused by innocent horseplay.
However, falls were the leading cause of TBI in 2014. 48% of the emergency department visits related to TBI were due to falls.
Unfortunately, being struck accounted for 17% of TBI related visits. It was the second leading cause of TBI.
Concussions cause a range of symptoms including confusion, amnesia, nausea, dizziness, headache, and loss of consciousness. Though, don’t think concussions always result in loss of consciousness. They don’t.
This is in addition to a range of other symptoms that involve mood, memory, and concentration problems and some light sensitivity.
Concussions are very serious, and yet some individuals attempt to “walk it off” and go back to their daily routine. It’s imperative to rest and avoid work and other activities for a few days after suffering a concussion.
That’s in addition to consulting your doctor. If you or anyone else has suffered a concussion, you or they need to seek medical care immediately. While TBI can occasionally be relatively harmless, it can also sometimes have long-lasting effects.
Five hundred thousand children a year visit the emergency room for TBIs. And, the concussions that occur in children might be even more dangerous.
Just like adults, children require rest after suffering a concussion. Rest may be even more crucial. This very serious condition doesn’t merely afflict adults.
What Is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Sometimes, a concussion might be caused by someone else. It may be the result of accident, malice, or negligence. In this case, an individual might consider pursuing a personal injury case against the individual that caused their TBI.
So, what exactly is a personal injury case?
A personal injury case is an individual’s way of receiving formal validation. It’s an acknowledgment that an individual’s physical or mental issues were caused by another individual. Naturally, it’s one avenue of justice for the individual that was harmed.
Have you been harmed by another individual’s negligence or malice? Did their negligence or malice cause you to suffer a concussion?
You should know that you have rights. Those rights allow you to seek a judgment against the individual that harmed you.
What Happens During a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
You are often entitled to damages if someone has caused an accident that has harmed you in some significant way. Sometimes, this is also used as a method of punishment against the individual that did harm.
You are entitled to having your medical care paid for and being reimbursed for lost wages. You are also entitled to be reimbursed for emotional distress and pain and suffering.
Damages might also be awarded for property loss, loss of enjoyment, and loss of consortium. Loss of consortium refers to how the accident impacts your relationship with your spouse.
This is the phase during which you will seek medical treatment and provide your medical records for your lawyer to review. It is essential to seek treatment promptly and provide a thorough set of files for your lawyer.
Your lawyer might decide it is prudent to make a demand to settle your case before it even reaches trial. This is only something that can occur once you are fully healed and at the point of maximum medical improvement (MMI). This is the point at which you will not heal any further.
Getting this far can take a considerable amount of time. Months and years even.
After this point, the client’s lawyer will file a lawsuit against the defendant. Then, a trial will occur. This process alone can take another one or two years. The lawyers may decide to go in front of a mediator to try to settle the case.
If this fails, the case will continue its way onto a trial. It’s worth noting the trial can last for weeks. And, it can be canceled to make it more appropriate for the judge’s schedule. This does mean that the process of filing a personal injury lawsuit is a long one.
Consider Mazzeo Law for Your Personal Injury Lawsuit
Mazzeo Law has won millions on behalf of its clients. It’s no wonder. It’s helmed by Peter Mazzeo, one of Nevada’s leading trial attorneys.
Peter has even been mentioned in the Las Vegas Review Journal’s Best of Las Vegas 2019 in the personal injury law category. This is in addition to being a Legal-Elite award winner.
Consider Mazzeo Law for handling your personal injury lawsuit. We’ve won multi-million dollar settlements before even reaching trial.
Did you know you only have two years after your accident to file your case? Did you also know Nevada’s modified comparative fault rule means that the number of damages you can collect might be lower if you are found to be partially at fault for your accident?