Concussion Injury Attorney in Shelby

Shelby Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer

Concussions might seem like relatively minor head injuries, especially since they occur somewhat frequently and publicly to high-profile figures like professional athletes. In reality, closed-head injuries are dangerous injuries that can lead to long-term damage and even death. 

It’s terrifying if you or a loved one are suffering from a serious concussion after a car accident or other incident caused by someone else’s negligence. You don’t have to face this alone.

At Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, we are dedicated to helping make things right for clients suffering from concussions. Our Shelby concussion injury lawyers are committed to helping clients fight for their rights and seek maximum compensation for their injuries.  

As demonstrated by our client testimonials, we pride ourselves on aggressively fighting for clients, while also providing them with the personalized and compassionate attention they deserve. 

If you are considering filing a concussion lawsuit, Teddy, Meekins & Talbert is here to provide the support you need. We’re ready to stand up for your needs and do all we can to pursue the best possible outcome for your case. 

Contact us online or call us today for a free claim review and discussion about your legal rights and options. 

About Concussions

Concussions are the most common type of traumatic brain injury, according to the Mayo Clinic. They are typically caused by violent shaking or a blow to the head. The effects might be temporary or long-term, depending on the circumstances of the injury.

The brain is surrounded by cerebrospinal fluid, which is meant to protect it from normal bumps and shaking. However, when someone experiences an abnormally violent event, the brain can slam into the inside of the skull, which leads to a concussion.  

Symptoms of Concussions

Some of the most common symptoms that adults experience in the days or weeks after concussions include:

  • Headaches
  • Problems with concentration
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Blurred vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Amnesia
  • Slow responsiveness
  • Forgetfulness
  • Irritability
  • Sensitivity to noise or light
  • Dazed appearance or actions
  • Fatigue
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness

Young children may not be able to verbally express that they aren’t feeling well or tell you exactly what’s wrong. Many of the main symptoms of concussions in children are the same as those in adults, but it’s sometimes challenging to recognize them. Some of the symptoms in children that might be easier to recognize include:

  • Behavior changes
  • Excessive crying
  • Irritability
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Difficulty with balance

Some of the chronic impacts of severe concussions or post-concussion syndrome (PCS) might include:

  • Vertigo
  • Ongoing headaches
  • Continued difficulty with thinking, reasoning, and memory
  • Paralysis
  • Weakness
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Coordination problems

It’s important to communicate your symptoms to your physician, so they can monitor risks and guide your treatment and recovery plan.

What Causes Concussions?

Any activity that involves a high-impact or sudden acceleration and deceleration of the head can cause concussions, such as:

  • Car crashes
  • Shaken baby syndrome
  • Falls
  • Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
  • High-impact sports like football, rugby, boxing, and hockey
  • Explosions
  • Military combat
  • Physical abuse
  • Violent acts like knife or gun attacks

How Concussions Are Diagnosed

If you did not receive medical attention at the time of your accident, it’s critical to visit a doctor as soon as possible. Signs of some injuries like concussions often don’t show up for hours or days after an accident. The sooner you receive a medical evaluation and treatment, the sooner a physician can help prevent long-term damage.

Doctors often perform a variety of tests to diagnose concussions and rule out other complications, including:

  • Basic physical exam
  • CT scan
  • Observation
  • MRI
  • Vision and hearing testing
  • Cognitive evaluations of things like memory, recall, and concentration
  • Tests of balance and coordination
  • An exam of reflexes, sensation, and strength

Your doctor may perform any of the above or another combination of tests to ascertain the severity of your injury.

Can I Get Compensation for a Concussion?

If another person or company’s reckless or intentional actions caused your concussion, then you might be able to recover significant compensation to cover the costly impacts of your accident. The types of things that settlements and verdicts from concussion claims often cover include:

  • Medical bills for costs such as hospitalization, emergency room visits, ambulance transportation, surgery, medication, CT scans, and other tests and medical exams
  • Pain and suffering
  • Future medical expenses for things such as follow-up visits, ongoing care, medication, rehabilitation, therapies, and accommodations
  • Lost wages during your recovery
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of ability to earn comparable income in the future
  • Loss of companionship

Under North Carolina’s statute of limitations laws, victims typically have only three years to file a claim, although there are some narrow exceptions that could extend the deadline.

Un North Carolina’s contributory negligence laws, victims often cannot recover compensation for their injuries if the defendant proves that the victim was even the least bit at fault for the accident. 

Because of these laws, it’s especially important to hire a personal injury attorney who is well-versed in the North Carolina laws pertaining to concussions. They can help you understand which rules apply to your circumstances, help you make the best choice for you and your family’s situation, and help protect your rights.

Contact a Shelby Concussion Lawyer Now

If you are a loved one is suffering from a concussion, don’t wait a moment longer to get on the road to recovery. Contact the skilled and compassionate personal injury attorneys at Teddy, Meekins & Talbert right away. We’ll patiently answer any questions you might have about your case, help you understand your legal options, and help you fight for justice and maximum compensation. 

To get started, call us today or contact us online to set up your free consultation. 

About Teddy, Meekins & Talbert

The law office of Teddy, Meekins & Talbert is located in Shelby, N.C. approximately 40 miles west of Charlotte, N.C. Our mission is to provide aggressive, innovative, and passionate representation for people who are often in the midst of stress and anxiety associated with legal problems.

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