Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a particularly devastating type of catastrophic injury, and TBIs can happen in almost any type of accident. Generally speaking, TBIs can range greatly in terms of severity, from a mild traumatic brain injury to a severe TBI.
Concussions are one type of mild traumatic brain injury, and they have numerous causes. In many cases, someone else’s negligence or bad behavior is responsible for another person’s concussion. Whether you sustained a concussion while playing sports or after being struck by another motor vehicle in a car crash, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation.
As a catastrophic injury attorney in Ohio, I routinely represent clients in a wide variety of catastrophic injury claims, and I can help you to seek financial compensation for your concussion.
What is a Concussion?
According to the Mayo Clinic, a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that “affects your brain function.” Concussions typically result from a bump or a blow to the head, and in some cases, “violently shaking the head and upper body also can cause concussions.” Concussions, like other traumatic brain injuries, can result in a loss of consciousness. At the same time, however, it is possible to sustain a concussion without realizing it. The signs and symptoms can seem minor even though you may have suffered a very serious injury.
When you have been in an accident or have been hit while playing a contact sport, it is important to see a healthcare provider to be assessed for a concussion. When a person sustains repeat concussions, research suggests that the person can be at risk of developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is a degenerative disease of the brain.
Signs and Symptoms of Concussions
Signs and symptoms of a concussion can vary depending upon the person, and sometimes it takes hours or even days for signs to appear. When a person does have symptoms of a concussion, it may be weeks or even more before those symptoms begin to go away. The following are examples of frequent signs and symptoms of concussions, according to the Mayo Clinic:
- Temporary loss of consciousness;
- Confusion or fogginess;
- Ringing in the ears;
- Nausea and/or vomiting;
- Slow to respond to questions;
- Concentration or memory problems;
- Sleep problems;
- Psychological issues, including depression; and/or
- Smell or taste disorders.
Statute of Limitations in a Concussion Lawsuit
If you sustained a concussion as a result of someone else’s careless or reckless behavior, you should be thinking about filing a lawsuit. However, you need to know that you only have a limited amount of time to do so. Under Ohio law (Ohio Rev. Code Section 2305.10), most concussion claims have a statute of limitations of two years. This means that you will need to file your lawsuit within two years from the date you sustained the concussion.
Although you might be thinking that two years is a lot of time and that you can wait before you file, let me say this: The longer you wait, the more difficult it can be to gather the evidence we need to prove your claim. Moreover, the sooner you file your lawsuit, the quicker you can be eligible to receive financial compensation to help cover your medical bills and lost wages.
Contact Me to File a Concussion Lawsuit
As an experienced Ohio catastrophic injury attorney, I have decades of experience representing plaintiffs in traumatic brain injury claims. I want to make sure the responsible party pays you for your losses. Contact me at 877.944.4373 for more information about filing a claim. I can talk with you today about how I’ll Make Them Pay!®