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Head trauma ranges from minor, moderate, and severe. For minor injuries, it typically does not require any type of special medical attention. However, these injuries can create constant chronic symptoms, such as headaches or lack of concentration. If an individual is dealing with this type of problem, they are recommended to step away from everyday activities and focus on resting. Any other additional symptoms that continue to recur, such as nausea or unsteadiness, should be brought to the attention of a medical expert.

If you believe that your symptoms have become intense after suffering a minor injury, you need to call 911 or your local emergency number. Doctors will determine if you are suffering from something that is more moderate or severe.

Physical Symptoms


When it comes to a concussion, there are a variety of symptoms an individual may experience. These include:

  • Headaches,
  • Nausea,
  • Blurry vision,
  • Passing out,
  • Lack of balance,
  • Seizures,
  • Tinnitus,
  • Irregular pupil sizes,
  • Bleeding within the scalp,
  • Bleeding under the scalp, or
  • Minor sensitivity.

Cognitive Symptoms

  • Mood swings,
  • Lack of concentration,
  • Dazed,
  • Irritated,
  • Slurred speech,
  • Confused,
  • Disoriented,
  • Post-traumatic amnesia, or
  • Incapability to relax.

Treatment


If you are suffering from a concussion, you must:

  • Avoid every day activities for a while and focus on resting. Too much activity after a concussion will only worsen it.
  • Apply ice by wrapping it in a washcloth and placing it on the area where you feel pain. Keep the area iced for 20-30 minutes and repeat this process every two to four hours. This will help decrease the size of the swelling or bruise.
  • Avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen. This will increase the chances of bleeding risks. Take mild pain relievers like advil, aleve, or tylenol.
  • Do not do any sports activities until your symptoms have fully gone away.

Prevention


To prevent yourself from concussion risks, you must:

  • Wear seatbelts while driving. In case of a vehicle collision, a seat belt will help you lessen your chances of falling out of the vehicle and sustaining severe impact on your head.
  • Wear a helmet to prevent yourself from getting a serious injury from physical contact. Sports activities that could cause a concussion include:
    • Skating,
    • Snowboarding,
    • Skiing,
    • Football,
    • Horseback riding, or
    • Ice hockey.
  • Install handrails on stairways to prevent falls. In case an individual is about to fall down the stairs, they will have something to hold on to save themselves. Install safety gates on the top and bottom of the stairs. This will help protect children from falling down the stairs or being on the stairs without the supervision of an adult.
  • Monitor the lighting in your home. Make sure the lighting is not dim. Lack of proper lighting may affect the individual’s vision, making it difficult for them to clearly see where they are going. This could result in a potential fall.
  • Install safety guards by the windows. This will prevent children from accessing the windows and falling out.

Available Damages


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
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
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

Punitive Damages
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% 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.

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If you or a loved one was the victim of brain injury due to negligent acts committed by another individual, West Coast Trial Lawyers is here to help. Our brain injury attorneys have extensive experience with handling cases relating to personal injury. We will help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation at our firm. No fees are paid until your case has been settled. Reach out to our legal team 24/7 by calling (213) 927-3700 or emailing [email protected].

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