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Concussion Injuries and Why You Need a Lawyer

Concussion Injuries in Auto Accidents and Why You May Need a Lawyer

Concussion is the most common type of traumatic brain injury. Any blow to the head can cause a concussion, whether the blow comes from a high-speed auto accident or a fall during a football game. While concussions typically heal in a few days or weeks, there is a chance that a concussion may result in permanent damage to nerve tissue in the brain. If a significant or permanent concussion injury occurs because of an auto accident or other negligent situation such as a slip and fall, it may be necessary to contact a lawyer to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and disability.Women-Headache-300x218

Most people don’t pass out

The severity of a concussion can range from mild to severe. All concussions, no matter how slight, interfere with the ability of the brain to function. Any time that a blow to the head, or jostling of the head, leaves you feeling dazed or knocks you unconscious, you have experienced a concussion. Many people believe that a concussion always causes a loss of consciousness, but this is not the case. As a matter of fact, most people who have concussions do not pass out.

Symptoms of concussion require prompt attention

The symptoms of a concussion may be mild or non-existent at first. For instance, you may receive a bump on the head during an auto accident and feel fine for a short period of time, but then experience serious symptoms within a few hours. This is another example of why it is imperative for a person to see a doctor right after an auto accident and also go for follow-up visits. Auto accidents are a leading cause of concussion injuries and the potential long term consequences of these injuries should never be ignored.

Concussion next steps

If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident or sports injury and received a blow to the head, don’t wait for symptoms to appear. Contact your doctor and then contact a lawyer. You may be entitled to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and disability.

Related:

WCCO’s local radio personality, Bill Hudson, talks about recovering from a concussion: The veteran reporter you see on air every afternoon was out of work for three weeks. And for the nearly 60-year-old man, his road to recovery has been slower than he’d like, at times downright frustrating. He is now back at work, but he’s not back to himself just yet. Read about Bill Hudson’s Concussion Recovery*

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Distracted Driving and Tips to Avoid

Distracted Driving Risks

Driver distraction is a leading crash factor in Minnesota, accounting for around 25% of all crashes annually, according to a news release. In 2012, distracted driver-related crashes resulted in 51 deaths and 8,304 injuries, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety.

In Minnesota, it is illegal for drivers to read, compose or send text messages or emails, and access the Internet on a wireless device while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic. It also is illegal for drivers under age 18 to use a cellphone at any time, even to make or receive calls.

Driver distractions also include reaching for items, fiddling with radio, music or vehicle controls, eating and drinking, dealing with rowdy passengers and grooming.

Here’s a graphic example (re-enactment) of the terrible results of distracted driving. Every parent should view this video.

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Police gave the following tips to minimize driving distractions:

• Turn off cellphones or place them out of reach to avoid the urge to dial or answer a call or text. If a passenger is present, ask them to handle the calls and texts.

• Program favorite radio stations and arrange music in an easy-to-access spot. Adjust mirrors and air conditioning or heat before traveling or ask a passenger to assist.

• Designate a passenger to serve as a co-pilot to help with directions. If driving alone, map out destinations in advance, and pull over to study a map or program the GPS.

• Try to avoid food and drinks.

• Teach children the importance of good behavior in a vehicle; do not underestimate how distracting it can be to tend to children while driving.

• Passengers should speak up to stop drivers from distracted driving behavior.

• If making or receiving a call from someone driving, ask them to call back when they are not driving.

If you or someone you know has questions or concerns about the serious personal injuries resulting from a distracted driving car crash, please contact us. We are happy to provide a free initial consultation to discuss your situation. Call Attorney Mark Malzahn at 763-421-2160.