Concussions in Car Accidents
Concussions are among the most common injuries caused by car crashes, and they may be severe. Even minor collisions can produce force that is sufficient to cause brain trauma, such as a concussion, but in some instances, symptoms of harm will not arise until well after the accident. Once they appear, concussion symptoms are often enduring and can significantly impair a person's physical, mental, and emotional health. Collisions are usually caused by careless behavior, and people who suffer concussions in car accidents because of another party's negligence may be able to recover damages. If you sustained a concussion, the Boca Raton car accident lawyers at The Grife Law Firm can advise you about your possible claims and help you gather the evidence needed to support your recovery of damages.Causes and Symptoms of Concussions
Concussions are trauma-induced brain injuries that occur when a force causes the brain to move and strike the skull's interior. They can be caused by a blow to the head or a bump or jolt to the body that causes the head or neck to rapidly move back and forth. Concussions are common in car accidents, since the energy produced by the impact can cause a person's head to hit the car's interior or the headrest. Concussion symptoms can appear immediately, or they may take hours or days to appear. Symptoms of a concussion include headaches, vision disturbances, nausea, and dizziness. Concussions can also result in tinnitus, mood changes, memory issues, and sensitivity to noise and light.Proving Liability for a Car Accident
People who wish to recover damages for concussions in car accidents must first prove that someone else should be deemed liable. Generally, liability is demonstrated via a negligence claim. In Florida, establishing negligence requires a plaintiff to prove that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty to act with reasonable care under the circumstances and that the defendant breached the duty. The plaintiff must also show harm proximately caused by the defendant's breach, which means that the defendant's acts substantially caused the plaintiff's injuries and that the plaintiff would not have been hurt without the breach.
In lawsuits arising out of concussions in car accidents, it is common for a defendant to dispute causation and damages. In other words, the defendant may argue that the accident did not cause the plaintiff's harm or that the plaintiff did not sustain damages. Thus, a plaintiff may need to retain one or more experts. The use of expert testimony is permitted by Florida Statute 90.702, which provides that a person can offer an expert opinion if it will help the judge or jury understand an issue or resolve a factual dispute. Section 90.702 further explains that a person may be qualified as an expert based on training, experience, education, skill, or knowledge.
In the context of a lawsuit involving a concussion caused by a car crash, the plaintiff may hire an accident reconstructionist and a biomechanical engineer to explain the amount of force produced by the accident and discuss how the force and the sequence of events in the crash caused the plaintiff's concussion. A plaintiff may also need to offer a neurologist or neuropsychologist's testimony to explain the severity and permanency of the plaintiff's harm.Speak to a Knowledgeable Boca Raton Attorney
Concussions can be difficult to treat, and the road to recovery is often long and complicated. If you suffered a concussion due to a car accident caused by someone else's reckless acts, you should speak to a lawyer regarding your right to seek compensation. At The Grife Law Firm, our Boca Raton attorneys can assess your harm and develop a strategy designed to help you pursue the best legal outcome possible under the facts of your case. We regularly represent people with concussions in personal injury lawsuits in Boca Raton, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. You can reach us at 855-998-0770 or through the form online to set up a meeting.