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The Concussion Injury Lawyers at the Schmidt Salita Law Team are dedicated to providing justice to the victims of concussion injuries that are so often overlooked by both the medical community and the legal community.


The Schmidt Salita Law Team is comprised of lawyers and legal assistants who work in coordination with members of the health care community that are trained and experienced in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of concussion injuries.


The Concussion Injury Lawyers at the Schmidt Salita Law Team want to share new concussion injury information with you.


What Happens in Your Brain With a Concussion?

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. However it is a mistake to assume that the mechanics of a mild traumatic brain injury, i.e. concussion are the same as those for a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury but only in a milder form.


Many moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries are mistakenly diagnosed as concussions. Both involve injury to brain cells.  Moderate to severe concussions typically involve structural injury to the brain as well as cell injury.

How Does a Concussion Injury My Brain?

Concussions can occur either from a direct blow to the head or by a blow to your body strong enough to cause your head to forcibly jerked backward and forward or to the side in a “whiplash” motion.


The human brain is made up of brain cells called neurons.  Each neuron has an axon which allows it to reach out and connect with another neuron.  Connections between the billions of neurons in the human brain create a complicated web of pathways in which the cells can communicate and interact with each other.  These connections allow the brain to perform its many functions, including thinking, vision, speech, and processing emotion.


The type of brain movement which causes concussions damages the neurons of the brain, causing them to stretch and sometimes break-interfering with the connections between brain cells that allow the brain to function.  This damage produces all of the symptoms of a concussion, the mental disorientation, the headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, and the rest.


Why Does the Concussion Victim Often Experience Reduced Energy?

The concussion effected brain needs more energy to heal and restore balance.  However, a concussion reduces the brain’s ability to make and supply the energy needed for healing. The result is a double-whammy which plays out as reduced energy for the concussion victim.

Why Is Another Concussion More Damaging?

It is generally recognized by concussion experts that repeat concussions are more damaging than the first.


The timing of the successive concussion is very significant.  A repeat concussion occurring during the acute phase of injury from the earlier concussion can be hugely more damaging-even life threatening.


Even repeat concussions occurring after the acute healing stage of the earlier concussion are well known to cause increased brain damage.  The Brain Injury Association of American tells us that the second concussion is 3 times more damaging and the third is 8 times worse.


Why are they more damaging?  The exact medical/scientific explanation as to why repetitive, concussions cause increasing lead to greater disability is yet to be fully understood. Nevertheless, it is it fact. Even though a concussion victim may appear to have made a full recovery, she or he is left with an “invisible” damage that can interfere with the brain’s ability to call for the extra oxygen needed for recovery. This invisible damage can disrupt the healthy functioning of the autonomic nervous system and cause long-lasting concussion symptoms.

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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 accidentstrucking accidentsmotorcycle accidentspedestrian car accidents, and bicycle accidents.  It has many years’ experience in workers compensation products liability and medical malpractice cases.

The Schmidt Salita Law Team has extensive experience with concussion injuriestraumatic brain injuries, neck and back injurieswhiplash injuriesbroken bones, injured joint injuries (knee, hip, shoulder, wrist, ankle, spinal), amputation injuries, and vision and eye injuries.

The Schmidt Salita Law Team has offices throughout the State of Minnesota.  Its primary location is at Ridgedale Office Center in Minnetonka, near the intersection of I-394 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.


The Schmidt Salita Law Team has locations throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as Minnetonka, Maple GrovePlymouthOsseoAnokaCoon RapidsBrooklyn CenterFridleyBlaineShoreviewWoodburyFalcon HeightsColumbia ParkStillwaterHastingsInver GroveCottage GroveSouth St. PaulApple ValleyEaganBurnsvilleSavageShakopeeRichfieldBloomingtonChaskaChanhassenEdina, Eden Prairie, and Hopkins.

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