Understanding Your Rights If You Suffered a Concussion After an Auto Accident in New Mexico
There are many different types of injuries that could be caused in a motor vehicle accident. These range from broken bones or scarring, all the way up to wrongful death or catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) or spinal cord injuries (SCIs). A common type of TBI after a car crash is a concussion. This type of injury have been popularized recently due to the increased coverage and concern in professional sports. Although most people watching these sports see a player leave a game and come back minutes later after comply with “concussion protocol.” While it may appears that a concussion is not a very serious type of injury given this scene, that is not necessarily true. In fact, a concussion after an auto accident in New Mexico is a very serious type of personal injury that should always be treated as dangerous.
Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced auto accident lawyers in Albuquerque, NM know that concussions can be a life-changing type of personal injury. They can result in permanent harm or damage to the brain, including damage that is irreversible and unrepairable. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with a concussion after an auto accident in New Mexico, schedule your FREE consultation with our experienced lawyers to learn what your rights to compensation may be under the law.
What is a Concussion?
Nearly everyone has heard of a concussion, but not everyone knows what it is. According to the CDC, a concussion is a type of TBI “caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.” Concussions are generally classified as mild, moderate or severe. However, it is important to know that all types of concussions are serious—even if a doctor labels it as mild.
Symptoms of a Concussion
A victim can sustain a concussion even if a victim does not hit their head or get struck by an object in a car crash. There are many symptoms of a concussion, with the most prevalent being the following:
- Overwhelming fatigue or drowsiness
- Blurry vision or double vision
- Ringing in the ears
- “Seeing stars”
- Slurred speech
- Delayed reaction time
- Memory issues
- Concentration difficulty
- Sensitivity to light and noise, and
- Other unexplained injuries or symptoms.
How Our Auto Accident Lawyer Can Help
Victims who have been injured in a motor vehicle accident and sustained a head injury such as a concussion may be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, loss of consortium, and other damages related to the crash. A concussion needs to be assessed by a neurologist who can further opine the level of care that you need and what you may need in the future. Having an experienced lawyer like ours at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. can help protect your rights to compensation for the types of injuries.
If you were injured in an auto accident resulting in a concussion or any other type of personal injury in New Mexico, call (505) 883-5000 to schedule your FREE consultation. We handle cases throughout New Mexico, including Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, Cuervo, Rio Rancho, Clovis, Farmington, Hobbs, Albuquerque where our office is located, and anywhere else throughout New Mexico. Please call to schedule for FREE appointment by dialing (505) 883-5000 or contact us through our website’s easy to use and convenient contact box available here.