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If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion due to no fault of your own, call the concussion injury lawyers at the Lassen Law Firm for a free consultation. The Lassen Law Firm has handled hundreds of brain injury cases and our concussion attorneys will protect your interests by fighting to achieve the highest settlements and verdicts.

Seeking immediate medical treatment for a concussion should be the first thing an injured person does after an accident or injury. After the accident people may suffer a diminished quality of life due to the head injury. They may not be able to work for some time, study, exercise, engage in hobbies or be involved in normal everyday activities. All this, coupled with frequent doctor visits, can lead to emotional, physical and financial strains.

You should consult with a Pennsylvania head injury attorney to discuss a concussion injury case. If your injuries were due to another's negligence you may qualify for a money damage award compensating for diminished quality of life, lost wages, future lost earnings, medical benefits as well as vehicle repair. The Lassen Law Firm is comprised of skilled Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers with many years of experience serving the injured in Pennsylvania.

At the Lassen Law Firm, our concussion injury attorneys will identify all liable parties and work hard to seek compensation from them for your injuries.

Diagnosing Concussion

A doctor suspecting a concussion may ask you questions about the injury and test your ability to pay attention, learn and memorize. A doctor may ask you to solve a puzzle, check your strength, balance, coordination, reflexes, and sensation. Such imaging tests as a CT scan and a MRI will show if the brain is bruised or bleeding.

Treating a concussion may take a long time. A person who might have a concussion needs to stop doing vigorous activities and sports not to increase the risk of having a more serious brain injury. In some cases, a person may be required to avoid driving, working, doing schoolwork, housework, riding a bike or operating machinery. A doctor may prescribe pain management that may alleviate some of the concussion-related symptoms.

A concussion occurs after physical trauma to the head, either from the head hitting an object or another object hitting the head hard enough to jar the brain. Thus, an object that falls and hits your head could cause a concussion, but a car accident could also be the cause if your head hits the seat or dashboard. Similarly, bike accidents frequently cause concussions. Sports such as football and hockey are especially known for causing concussions in athletes. Our concussion injury lawyers in Philadelphia handle all concussion injuries at a low 29% contingency fee.

Because a concussion affects the brain, it can change how your brain functions. This leads to the symptoms of a concussion, which range from a bad headache to the inability to stay alert or impairment to balance and coordination. In some cases, a concussion causes unconsciousness. In the movies, characters often try to keep characters who may have a concussion to try to stay awake. Other symptoms include memory loss about the event that caused the concussion, dizziness, ringing of the ears, nausea, slurred speech and fatigue. If you experience unconsciousness for more than a minute, have repeated vomiting, seizures or your symptoms worsen over time, see a doctor for treatment of your concussion.

Children may display symptoms of a concussion differently, and parents may initially overlook these signs of head trauma. They may appear listless, tire more easily and display general moodiness. A change in appetite or sleep can indicate that a child is suffering from a concussion while disinterest in normal toys is also a symptom of a child with a concussion. In general, a concussion has the potential to have more long-term effects in children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that parents take children to the family doctor after experiencing any sort of injury to the head, even if emergency treatment isn't required. If a child begins to vomit, has an increasingly worse headache or displays traits of clumsiness such as stumbling after a head injury, parents should seek emergency care. Infants may display physical symptoms of head trauma such as lumps or bumps that are indicative of a concussion.

Doctors will test for symptoms of impairment. A doctor may also perform a CT scan to view the brain for signs of swelling and damage; however, this is not always necessary. In extreme cases, your medical professional might prescribe surveillance for 24 hours. At-home surveillance typically requires someone who can wake you should you fall unconscious.

After a concussion, the brain needs time to heal. Doctors will advise against vigorous physical activity and sports and activities that might cause further damage to the brain. In fact, having had a concussion in the past can make you more likely to experience on again in the future. However, any activity that requires concentration can cause the brain to heal more slowly. This includes school and work, video games, texting and watching TV. Doctors will prescribe pain killers for headaches caused by concussion Children should abstain from playing for 24 hours after brain trauma.

Complications can develop from a concussion. Some patients develop epilepsy, and this is more common in the five years following a concussion. Furthermore, multiple brain injuries can lead to permanent impairment. Two or more concussions experienced in a quick time period can sometimes lead to rapid swelling of the brain, which is why it is so important for athletes to allow enough time for their brains to full heal before returning to the playing field.

To prevent future concussions, professionals recommends that you wear helmets during sports and biking, use a seatbelt while in a motor vehicle and wear shoes that provide plenty of traction. Diving only in water that's 9 feet deep also helps prevent concussions in swimmers. Parents should childproof furniture and counters and block access to staircases.

If you have sustained a concussion injury, you need one of our experienced concussion injury lawyers in Philadelphia to get you the maximum possible compensation available under Pennsylvania law.

How A Lawyer Can Help

The effects of a concussion can last for months and even years. Many victims of concussion and other brain injuries will require rehabilitation in order to regain the most independent level of functioning possible, while many may not return to work or independent living. This can leave the victim's family with extreme emotional and financial burden. If you suffered a concussion or another brain injury, contact a concussion attorney today.

The Lassen Law Firm assists clients in recovering lost wages, medical bills, property damage, loss of life's joys, pain and suffering and other related costs. Our personal injury attorneys at the Lassen Law Firm also help clients deal with the defendant's insurance companies as far as making necessary claims. Every year, the Lassen Law Firm, Philadelphia auto accident and personal injury attorneys, litigate and settle numerous concussion injury cases.

The Lassen Law Firm only deducts a low 29% contingency fee, not the standard 40-45% like other firms.