Concussions are some of the most neglected injuries that often go untreated by victims who assume that their mild concussion does not warrant any cause for concern. In fact, the CDC has reported that they believe an estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million untreated concussions occur in the United States each year. 

The Law Offices of J.G. Winter is a California law firm with experience helping victims of traumatic brain injuries like concussions build strong injury claims. While many may assume that online diagnosing may hold the key to all you need to recover from a mild concussion, you should always seek professional medical attention for a concussion, no matter its severity. This is because concussions, even the mildest cases, have been linked to a higher risk of dementia later in life for victims. 

Concussions May Increase Your Risk of Dementia Later in Life

In a study done by the Journal of American Medical Association Neurology, it was found that individuals who suffered from concussions, even those that would be considered minor, had over twice the risk of developing dementia later in life over someone who had not suffered a concussion. This risk grows even more for individuals who had lost consciousness at the time of their injury. For those who are considered to have suffered from moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries, the risk for dementia quadruples. 

This is why it is vital to your health and well-being that you should seek immediate medical attention if you believe you have gotten a concussion. Even if you feel fine, a medical professional may be able to identify how severe your injuries are and give you a treatment plan that may decrease the risk of dementia in the future. 

Common Causes of Concussions

A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head or a rapid back-and-forth motion. Some common causes of concussions include:

  • Sports injuries
  • Falls
  • Assaults
  • Motor vehicle accident injuries
  • Injuries where someone is struck by or against an object

While concussions are not life-threatening injuries, they may cause more severe health problems in the future if not properly treated. 

Can I Collect Damages For a Concussion Injury?

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that has resulted in a concussion, you may be eligible to collect damages for the losses you have suffered as a result.

  • Medical expenses: After a concussion, you may pursue compensation for any medical expenses incurred as a result of your injury. This may include doctor visits, treatments, or any medications you have to pay for to heal. 
  • Pain and suffering: If you have been injured in an accident that has left you concussed, you may be entitled to collect damages for any pain and suffering you have had to endure as a result. 
  • Lost wages: While you are concussed, you may be unable to work. You may pursue damages for any lost pay that has accrued due to your injury. 

An experienced traumatic brain injury attorney may be able to help you understand what damages you may be able to collect for your losses. 

Partner With a Knowledgeable California Concussion Attorney

Concussions are not an injury to brush aside and ignore. This traumatic brain injury may lead to more serious health problems later in your life and may increase your risk for dementia. 

To build a strong injury claim after a concussion, partner with The Law Offices of J.G. Winter for dedicated representation and personalized service. Attorney Winter is proud to provide his clients with the experienced, top-of-the-line service needed to go up against aggressive insurance providers. Set up a free consultation or call (844) 734-2626.