If you have sustained a head injury or concussion, and you are paying for medical treatment of the injury, you might consider talking to a lawyer.
That treatment is getting expensive, and chances are the costs are not going away any time soon. More importantly, you need your brain, and you need it to function the way it is supposed to. Otherwise, you diminish your ability to work, communicate, move, or enjoy life.
Zanes Law’s head & concussion lawyers in Phoenix want to help you receive compensation for your head injury, and we will do everything from A to Z to see that the right people are obliged to pay. Call us today at 602-999-9999.
Causes and Risk Factors Associated With Head Injuries and Concussions
Our skulls do a great job of protecting our brains from external elements. Inside our skulls, cerebrospinal fluid provides padding to soften the impact of commonplace jerks and bounces.
This cushion is no match, however, for the effects of a car crash or a heavy blow to your head. Such an impact as these hurls your brain against the inside of your skull, then back into the opposite skull wall. As you might expect, your brain loses its ability to function—at least temporarily.
If bleeding occurs, some effects, like sleepiness and confusion can develop. It could even lead to death.
What we are describing here is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Such injuries range widely in terms of their effect on the brain’s functionality. They are categorized accordingly as mild, moderate and severe. Concussions are a type of mild TBI, so categorized because their effects are temporary.
Common Risk Factors
Some people, by virtue of their lifestyles, environments, or age, may be more exposed to the likelihood of sustaining a brain injury or concussion.
Examples of at-risk groups are people who:
- Were victims in a motor vehicle accident
- Have sustained a concussion earlier in life
- Play contact sports (football, boxing, hockey, soccer, rugby)
- Are combat soldiers
- Are young children who slip and fall while playing
- Are elderly and fall due to physical limitations
- Are victims of physical abuse
If you see yourself depicted in the above list, and you have sustained a head injury or concussion, you might be eligible for compensation from an insurance company or an at-fault and liable party. A head & concussion lawyer in Phoenix will figure that out for you. Call Zanes Law at 602-999-9999 to talk about your situation in a free legal consultation.
Detecting Head Injuries and Concussions
We have seen and read a lot about concussions in the media recently. Most news stories about this TBI expose its link to contact sports, like football. For a country obsessed with this sport, the increase in incidents should come as no surprise. It should also sound an alarm of concern.
Specifically, a concussion results from either a blow to the head or a violent shaking of the head and upper body. According to Mayo Clinic, signs of a concussion include:
- Pressure in the head
- Dazed appearance
- Hard time concentrating
- Loss of consciousness
- Throwing up
- Lagging responses
- Loss of memory about the traumatic incident
- Difficulty with balance and coordination
Most concussion symptoms are temporary, but that does not make them any less scary or debilitating.
You might consider seeing a medical professional if you or a loved one is experiencing any of the above symptoms following a traumatic event, such as a blow to the head.
If Someone is At Fault and Liable for Your Head Injury and Concussion
Because people engage in so many of the risk factors associated with head injuries, we do not have a list of “the usual suspects” for liability at the ready.
What we do to determine fault and liability in this situation is to think back to the traumatic event that caused the injury, then think about who made that event happen.
Then we consider the question, “Did this person or party have some duty to take reasonable care in keeping me from injury or harm?” If the answer is “yes,” we have a strong candidate for the party who is at fault for the accident that caused your head injury and is, therefore, liable for the damages you suffered as a result of the brain injury.
This test is commonly referred to as the “duty of care” test. We know how to apply it to find who is liable for your damages. It is an important, primary building-block in constructing your case.
Recoverable Damages for a Head or Concussion Injury
Once we have identified the party who is at fault for the accident or incident that caused your brain injury and liable for your damages, Zanes Law will proceed to help you determine what damages you should seek.
You might be able to recover the following types of damages:
- Medication expenses
- Cost of medical treatment and related expenses
- Future/ongoing medical costs
- Medications you are taking for pain management medication
- Emergency transportation to the hospital (ambulance, helicopter, etc.)
- Pain and suffering
- Prescription medication
- Lost income and/or wages
- Diminished future potential earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
We told you we do everything from A to Z, and that includes championing your cause and your right to recover damages. Call us today at 602-999-9999 to learn more about what we will do for you.
What a Head & Concussion Accident Lawyer in Phoenix Will Do for You
Our head & concussion lawyers in Phoenix will go the extra mile for you. We will handle your case from top to bottom, from collecting evidence to build your case to identifying at-fault and liable parties, to negotiating with insurers and attorney, to filing a lawsuit and representing you in court.
Arizona’s Statute of Limitations Means the Clock is Ticking
Arizona’s statute of limitations gives you a fixed timeframe within which you have to take legal action in a civil court following an accident. You have generally two years from the date of an accident/event to file a personal injury lawsuit.
If you start now, you will not risk this statute window closing on you.
Zanes Law Head & Concussion Accident Lawyers Wants to Help You
The legal team at Zanes Law is eager to work with you on being compensated for your head injury or concussion. Call our firm at 602-999-9999 for a free consultation.