Concussion Test and Insurance Claims
Why You Should Conduct a Concussion Test After Experiencing Head Trauma
A concussion test is used to determine whether someone has a concussion, which is a kind of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can easily be caused by a blow to the head. Immediate symptoms typically include mood changes, headaches, and issues with concentration and memory loss.
Below, our experienced brain injury attorneys will discuss the importance of concussion tests and how they can help a brain injury victim. If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI, you may be entitled to compensation. West Coast Trial Lawyers is always here to answer any questions you may have about a TBI.
Many of the symptoms listed below actually manifest immediately. Unfortunately, some serious symptoms may take weeks or months to show up. Below is a list of common concussion symptoms:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Mood changes
- Concentration issues
- Memory issues
- Sensitivity to light
- Changes in sleep
Please call 911 if you or someone you know shows the following symptoms:
- Severe headaches
- Inability to wake up after an injury
- Slurred speech
- Excessive vomiting
What Is Concussion Testing?
Concussion testing generally consists of a series of questions to assess concentration and mental acuity, as well as a physical examination by a doctor. A concussion victim will be checked for any changes in their:
Concussion testing may also include sophisticated imaging tests, such as a:
- CT scan, which is a type of x-ray.
- MRI, which uses magnets and radio waves to create an image and foregoes radiation completely.
The FDA has just approved the Brain Trauma Indicator, which is a test to diagnose concussions. The test works by measuring proteins that have been released into a victim’s bloodstream within 12 hours of suffering an injury. It is expected that this test will soon be commonplace.
What If I Have a Concussion?
If concussion testing determines that you do have a concussion, the most important thing to do is rest and focus on recovering. Rest doesn’t just mean not moving, it also means not putting any stress on your mind. Try to limit reading, TV, and computer usage to allow your brain to rest, as well.
An athlete who has suffered a concussion must undergo what is known as the concussion protocol. In addition to the recommendations listed above, an athlete must also:
- Avoid their sport for at least a week or longer
- Work with their trainer, coach, and doctor to monitor their condition and progress
- Compare baseline and post injury concussion results
Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.
A few examples of economic losses include:
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out-of-pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:
- Emotional Distress
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5 percent of all verdicts.
Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.
If your loved one has suffered a brain injury due to the negligent actions of another individual, West Coast Trial Lawyers has brain injury attorneys that focus on complex litigation, including catastrophic injuries to the brain. Our attorneys will provide you with legal advice, guidance, and handle every aspect of your case.