Monterey Concussion Attorney
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that may have severe and substantial consequences. In the past, concussions were viewed as temporary injuries with short term symptoms. However, recent studies and medical research show that the complications and symptoms from a single concussion may be long lasting and permanent. Over the past ten years the seriousness of concussions has been brought to the forefront of the mainstream media due to the numerous concussions occurring in professional sports. Professional football players and ice hockey players recently divulged the seriousness of the symptoms resulting from concussion injuries. This resulted in several multi-million dollar lawsuits against the professional sports organizations employing these professional athletes.
A concussion is a closed brain injury that occurs when the brain contacts the skull or otherwise violently twists or moves. The nerve fibers that make up the brain are stretched, twisted or ripped resulting in injury. This can occur from a violent acceleration, deceleration or impact. Upon the violent movement of the skull, the brain follows resulting in trauma and injury. This movement is commonly created in motor vehicle accidents, such as a frontal impact, high speed side impact or rear end accident.
Concussions often coincide with a loss of consciousness or “black out.” However, an injured party may suffer a concussion without losing consciousness. Common symptoms of concussions include: memory loss, headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, depression, anxiety, confusion, sensitivity to sunlight and inability to concentrate. These symptoms may last several months to years. The extent of brain cell atrophy (cell death) caused by concussions is unclear. However, recent medical studies show that brain cell atrophy is a consequence of even mild traumatic brain injuries.1 Concussion injuries are also cumulative. A second concussion results in more severe symptoms and a longer period of time to recover adequate neurological functioning. Finally, concussions injuries may lead to serious, late-life, cognitive impairment including dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and clinical depression.
Piccuta Law Group, LLP recommends that any individual that has suffered a violent head movement present themselves to a medical professional for evaluation. Concussions injuries are often overlooked and neglected because medical professionals often focus on injuries that have visible symptoms. The attorneys at the Piccuta Law Group, LLP are familiar with the serious consequences of concussion injuries. By understanding the science of the injury and the potential permanent consequences of concussions injuries, our attorneys are able to educate insurance adjusters and opposing attorneys and maximize the recovery for our clients. If you have suffered a concussion injury as a result of an accident or the negligence of another, contact the Monterey concussion attorneys at the Piccuta Law Group, LLP to discuss your claim.
American Society of Neuroradiology, Brain Atrophy in Mild or Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury, John D MacKenzie, Et Al.