Concussions, like all other types of injuries, range in severity. Some are considered mild while others are much more serious in nature. Because concussions typically don’t result in a person suffering any type of external head trauma, many often assume their injury is minor and symptoms will subside shortly after the injury was sustained. But the truth is, “there is no such thing as a “minor concussion,” says the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).
A concussion, whether it is considered to be mild or severe, isan injury to the brain that must be taken seriously. Therefore, it is recommended that anyone who thinks they have suffered a concussion visit their local emergency room or physician to have a medical professional assess your condition and confirm whether you suffered the injury or not.
What symptoms might I experience if I suffered a concussion after being involved in a truck accident in Newport News, VA?
When a person suffers a concussion in a truck accident, they often “cannot remember what happened immediately before or after the injury and may act confused.” Concussions typically affect “memory, judgement, reflexes, speech, balance, and muscle coordination.” The AANS says there are three principal features of a concussion which include:
- The “inability to maintain a coherent stream of thought.”
- “A disturbance of awareness with heightened distractibility.”
- The “inability to carry out a sequence of goal-directed movements.”
The AANS highlights these as common symptoms of a concussion that typically go away after a short period of time:
- Vision disturbances
- Nausea or vomiting
- Impaired balance
- Memory loss
- Ringing in ears
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sensitivity to light
- A loss of smell or taste
Now, your injury might be more severe if you experience on or more of the following symptoms:
- Pain: Constant or recurring headaches.
- Motor dysfunction: You are unable “to control or coordinate motor functions or [you experience a] disturbance [with] balance.”
- Sensory: You notice “changes in [your] ability to hear, taste or see. You might feel dizzy or are hypersensitive to light or sound.”
- Cognitive: This might include the following symptoms: “your attention span is significantly shortened, you are easily distracted, you are overstimulated by the environment, you experience difficulty with staying focused on a task, following directions or understanding information, you experience feelings of disorientation, confusion and other neuropsychological deficiencies.”
- Speech: You have “difficulty finding the “right” word or expressing words or thoughts.”
The AANS also explains that some symptoms of a head injury might persist for weeks or months, which is referred to as post-concussive syndrome. Some of the symptoms that might linger on include:
- Issues with memory and concentration
- Mood swings
- Changes in personality
- Excessive drowsiness
Who will pay for the medical care I will need if I suffered a concussion in a truck accident in Newport News, VA?
The answer to this question depends on (1) who was involved in the accident and (2) what their role was, if any, in causing it to transpire.
If another driver caused the accident, you likely can have the healthcare professional who rendered treatment submit your claim through their insurance carrier. If the truck driver was working for a company at the time of the accident, then you will likely want to have the physician’s office or hospital submit your claims through the company’s insurer. Although the insurer of the at-fault party should pay your claim, if you find that they are not, you can always contact a Newport News, VA truck accident lawyer to step in and help.
Generally, the at-fault party is responsible for paying your claims, whether they are for vehicle repairs or for the medical care you had rendered. However, some victims often find themselves faced with a party that doesn’t want to pay. If the at-fault party is refusing to pay your medical expenses up to the limits they have set on their insurance policy, contact Kozak, Davis & Renninger, P.C. to speak with a skilled trucking accident lawyer in Newport News, VA.
Kozak, Davis & Renninger, P.C. is located at:
355 Crawford Street, Suite 700
Portsmouth, VA 23704