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Airbags Deployed and Diagnosed With Concussion. What Should I Do Next?

Question: Another driver turned left in front of me. I slammed into him and my airbags deployed. I was diagnosed with a concussion. What type of treatment do you recommend?

Answer: A concussion is common when a car’s airbags deploy. You don’t need to hit your head or lose consciousness to suffer a concussion.

Common symptoms of a concussion include:

  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Feeling “foggy” or “out of it”
  • Forgetfulness
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea
  • Inability to find the right word
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Mood changes. Uncharacteristic crying
  • Disrupted sleep patterns (sleeping more than usual, or less)

Importance of Documenting Concussion Symptoms Early

If you suffer any concussion symptoms after a car accident, it is critical that you report the symptoms to a doctor as soon as possible, and that the doctor includes the symptoms in your medical records. If those symptoms are memorialized in the medical records soon after an accident, it will provide the ammunition your attorney needs to get you maximum value for the injuries you suffered. If there is a delay in documenting the symptoms, the insurance adjuster may dispute that the concussion was caused by the accident.

At McGee, Lerer & Associates, our firm specializes in brain injuries. A concussion is a brain injury. A brain injury has significant value because the injury is serious. The effects of the concussion can last a long time and turn in to post-concussion syndrome.

A concussion diagnosis by a qualified doctor can often “pop the policy,” i.e., convince the insurance adjuster to tender the policy limit to you. A concussion diagnosis imparts significant value to your claim because you have suffered a serious injury.

Medical Treatment for a Concussion after a Car Accident

If you may have suffered a concussion in an auto accident, our attorneys want to document the injury. We will likely have you evaluated by a neurologist. The neurologist may order a brain MRI. We may also want you evaluated by an audiologist if you are having hearing issues or ringing in the ears. All of this treatment can be done on a “lien” basis, which means the medical provider agrees to be paid after the case settles.

Our law firm has worked with many concussion specialists all over southern California. Because of our relationship with many of the doctors, we can often get you seen right away by a medical provide near you.

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If you were injured in an auto accident, call McGee, Lerer & Associates for a free consultation. We are available 24/7. We want to hear your concerns and questions, and provide guidance. If you choose to hire our firm, there is no upfront payment. We only get paid at the end of the case, out of the money we collect from the insurance company. If we collect nothing, we’re paid nothing. Learn more about how our fee works here.

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