MINNEAPOLIS HEAD INJURY LAWYER-CONCUSSIONS AND MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES FROM CAR ACCIDENTS.
FACTS ABOUT HEAD INJURIES AND CONCUSSIONS-MAYO CLINIC
The Mayo Clinical Family Health Book, 4th edition (2009) has these recommendations with regard to head injuries:
The majority of head injuries are minor because the brain is protected By the hard surface of the skull. Mayo notes that only approximately 10% of all head injuries require hospital care. Simple cuts and bruises can often be treated with basic first aid techniques. Some head injuries can be a serious problem.
Mayo also notes that a concussion injury, also called a mild traumatic brain injury, occurs when they had sustained a hard blow and the impact causes the brain to straight the inside of the skull. Common symptoms of a concussion injury include mental confusion or disorientation, headache, loss of memory, dizziness or vomiting. Fail recommends that a concussion injury requires emergency medical evaluation.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE FOR CONCUSSION INJURIES
Mayo suggests that emergency medical care, besought if any of the following signs or symptoms exist:
- loss of consciousness;
- reduced level of consciousness, such as confusion disorientation;
- absence of breathing;
- severe had her facial bleeding;
- bleeding from the ears are nose;
- speech difficulties;
- seizures; loss of balance;
- weakness or inability to use an arm or leg;
- nausea or vomiting;
- black and blue discoloration below the eyes are behind the ears.
PROGRESSIVE DEVELOPMENT OF CONCUSSION INJURIES.
A large percentage of the victims of traumatic injury in car accidents experience a concussion injury. Many are overlooked-either because the victim doesn’t seek medical attention OR because the medical personnel doesn’t immediately recognize the symptoms of concussion which can progressively develop over days and weeks after the accident. Mayo Clinic says that concussion injuries develop progressively over a period of days and weeks following the traumatic event. Respected medical research has established that the symptoms of a concussion injury progressively evolve over time because of a “metabolic cascade” that takes time to develop
LONG TERM CONSEQUENCES OF CONCUSSION INJURIES.
The victims of a concussion injury are at greater risk for sustaining yet another concussion with lesser trauma and with greater and more serious consequences. Victims of a concussion are at the highest level of risk in the short term immediately after the prior concussion injury.
When the symptoms persist after several months, the condition is considered to be Post Concussion Syndrome.
Many symptoms of concussion injuries do not fully manifest themselves until years later. It is well known that seizures disorders can occur for the first time after many years.
The victims of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy experience the development of severe consequences even decades after the exposure.
There are studies that prove that the victims of concussion injuries are at much greater risk of the development of serious psychological conditions many years after the exposure.
LEGAL RAMIFICATIONS IN PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS.
Because many concussion injuries are not immediately diagnosed by the medical community, the insurance companies and their adjusters and lawyers claim that “if it wasn’t diagnosed, it didn’t happen.” For that reason, lawyers at the Schmidt Salita Law Team work hard to identify their clients that have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Their highly trained staff typically conducts a screening exam using the Rivermead Post Concussion questionaire to determine if the client has sustained a concussion injury. A careful history is taken. When the symptoms of a concussion injury are apparent, the client is directed to medical providers that are experience in the diagnosis and treatment of concussion injuries.
CONCUSSION INJURIES OVERLOOKED BY THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY.
A majority of concussion injuries are overlooked by the medical community. That is true for many reasons:
- Many concussion victims do not seek medical attention.
- Most emergency doctors do not screen for concussion injuries.
- Because concussion symptoms are not immediately apparent, emergency and urgent care doctors cannot be expected to diagnose concussion injuries.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team Handles a Wide Variety of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team handles cases involving car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian car accidents, and bicycle accidents. It has many years’ experience in workers , products liability and medical malpractice cases.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has extensive experience with concussion injuries, traumatic brain injuries, neck and back injuries, whiplash injuries, broken bones, injured joint injuries (knee, hip, shoulder, wrist, ankle, spinal), amputation injuries, and vision and eye injuries.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has offices through out the State of Minnesota. Its primary location is at Ridgedale Office Center in Minnetonka, near the intersection of I394 and I494. The offices are ground level, handicap accessible with ample parking.
The Schmidt Salita Team Offers Contingent Fee Arrangements.
The firm offers contingent fee agreements (You don’t pay lawyers fees until you collect and then only as a percentage of the settlement). It also offers home and hospital visits to clients whose injuries present difficulty in coming to the office.
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Courage Center (Courage Kenny): www.allinahealth.org/Health-Conditions-and-Treatments/Neurology/Concussions-in-sports
Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance: www.braininjurymn.org
Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayo.edu/research/centers-programs/traumatic-brain-injury-program/overview
HCMC Traumatic Brain Injury Center: http://www.hcmc.org/clinics/TraumaticBrainInjuryCenter/HCMC_CLINICS_448
REM Minnesota: http://www.remminnesota.com/standard/services.aspx?guid=0c1ec69e-9dcd-4523-8e8d-07db15138208
Regions Hospital Rehabilitation: http://www.regionshospital.com/rh/specialties/rehabilitation-institute/
MN Department of Education: http://www.education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/SpecEdClass/DisabCateg/TraumBrainInj/index.html