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Myrtle Beach Car Accident Concussion Lawyers
If you got a concussion in an accident someone else caused, you might have a claim to hold the negligent party responsible. You could pursue compensation for your medical recovery and future expenses and losses.
Contact the Myrtle Beach car accident attorneys at The Yates Firm for a free initial case review. We can answer questions about your case and help you better understand the legal options for recovering the financial resources you need. Call us today at 843-692-3237.
What Is a Concussion Injury, and What Causes Them?
A concussion is a type of minor to moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI is caused when a person’s head is jolted or hit hard or suddenly, and the brain moves around inside the skull. When the brain bounces or twists around in the skull, it can cause chemical changes and damage brain cells.
A concussion often occurs in motor vehicle collisions with sudden acceleration or deceleration. Most kinds of crashes can lead to someone sustaining TBI. Examples of accidents that can cause TBIs include:
- Head-on accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- T-Bone accidents
- Sideswipe accidents
- Underride accidents
- Override accidents
Any blow to the head can cause a concussion.
What Are Some Symptoms of Concussion?
Concussions cannot be seen on a CT or MRI scan. Concussions are diagnosed by their symptoms. The symptoms can appear immediately after the injury, or some may not appear for hours or days. Therefore, you should check for the following signs or symptoms for a few days after the injury:
- Speech problems
- Coordination problems
- Blurred vision
- Dilated pupils
- Sensitivity to light/sound
- Feeling dazed or stunned
- Concentration or memory issues
- Mood changes/swings
- Depression or anxiety
- Sleeping issues
- Loss of consciousness, even briefly
What Are Treatments for Concussion?
Each concussion is unique, and you should see your medical provider for a specific course of treatment for your injury. But, many mild concussions improve after rest and light activity. You may use over-the-counter or prescription medications to help with headaches.
In some cases, a person may have post-concussive syndrome in which their symptoms do not improve and can last for months. This syndrome is most common when people have suffered multiple concussions and is something to address with your medical provider.
What Compensation Can You Recover After a Concussion Injury?
You may recover money for your accident-related injuries and losses from the at-fault party if you have a concussion from an accident you didn’t cause.
You might be eligible to obtain compensation for:
- Medical expenses, including ambulance and hospital expenses, doctor’s visits, prescriptions, and assistive devices
- Property damage sustained in the accident, including your car, cell phone, laptop, or other personal items
- Lost wages, should your injury keep you off work, or you must return to a lower-paying job
- Reduced earning capability, if you are unable to return to work at all
- Pain and suffering, including anxiety, PTSD, or depression
South Carolina does not place a cap on pain and suffering damages.
You could also seek punitive damages if the negligent party’s behavior that caused the injury was reckless or willful. The judge or jury could award punitive damages if they wanted to punish the negligent party and send a message to the community to prevent reckless or willful behavior from happening again.
What Is the South Carolina Statute of Limitations for a Concussion Lawsuit?
In South Carolina, the statute of limitations imposes a deadline for filing a lawsuit to recover compensation after someone else’s negligence causes your concussion injury. Typically, you have only three years from the date you suffered a concussion to file suit against the party or parties liable for your injury. A different time period applies if the injured person is a child or mentally incompetent. Your attorney can advise you about the appropriate filing period in your situation.
If you wait to file suit after the limitations period on your concussion claim has passed, a court can dismiss your lawsuit as untimely. If you wait too long, you will lose your legal right to recover compensation in court from those at fault for your injury and losses.
You Should Hire an Attorney to Help You with Your Concussion Claim
After suffering a concussion, your focus should be on your treatment, recovery, and getting your life back in order. But because of the statute of limitations and because you may want to recover compensation quickly to help pay bills, you can turn to a seasoned personal injury law firm to advocate for you.
When you hire the Yates Firm for your concussion case, we will quickly and diligently begin advocating for you by:
- Investigating the accident that caused your concussion to determine what happened and evaluate who is liable for your injuries
- Working closely with your doctors to document your injuries and calculate your medical expenses and lost wages
- Finding out if any of the negligent parties have insurance policies that could cover your damages
- Filing insurance claims or a lawsuit to pursue your claim
- Negotiating a fair settlement for you
- Zealously trying your case in court if the at-fault party will not settle
How Can You Afford an Attorney?
We think everyone deserves high-quality legal representation, no matter the condition of their bank account. That’s why we work on a contingency fee basis. Your initial consultation with us is free, and if we agree to work together, you won’t have to pay us anything upfront. We’ll work on your case, and when we get compensation for you, we’ll take an agreed-upon percentage of the money we get for you. If our legal team can’t get money for you, you won’t owe us anything.
Contact a Myrtle Beach Car Accident Attorney at The Yates Firm for Help
Concussion injuries can be complicated. And pursuing a concussion personal injury lawsuit is best done with an attorney who understands the long-term effects of a concussion.
The Yates Firm is a group of experienced personal injury attorneys who know how to build your best case. Contact us today at 843-692-3237 or contact us online to schedule a free, confidential consultation to learn how our car accident concussion lawyers can fight for you.