Factors Insurance Companies Consider When Evaluating an Oregon Personal Injury/Auto Accident Claim – Part Sixteen – Concussions

This post addresses concussions, an injury that frequently occurs in auto accidents and must be considered by an insurance company carefully. It is estimated that in recent years concussion injuries have increased 10-fold to more than 3 million a year.

A concussion is caused by the violent shaking of brain tissue. A concussion might not present visible symptoms which makes it more dangerous than some other injuries. Research on athletes with no visible symptoms has shown that a concussion can lead to measurable and permanent brain impairment, the kind that is documented under AMA guidelines. This information can add significant value to a claim and make it easier to make a stronger case. This injury type is difficult to recognize by an accident victim. Frequently, head-injury patients will perceive and refer to symptoms like headaches, or dizziness, however this is not always the case, even when evidence eventually will give firm indication of a brain injury.

The list of recognized concussion symptoms is lengthy. The more symptoms a patient can perceive, complain about, and/or have documented by a medical professional, the more likely it is that an insurance company will be able to award damages for the victim’s head injury. An experienced Oregon personal injury attorney can supply a questionnaire that asks victims about each of the many recognized symptoms of concussion. If you suspect you’ve had a concussion, you need to make sure your doctor documents the condition properly.

The symptoms include “forgetfulness,” “poor concentration,” and “taking longer to think.” It might be difficult for the victim and doctor to distinguish a concussion from a more common headache, fortunately, the Colossus computer program, in similar way, recognizes finely distinguished symptoms of concussion, adding value to a claim for each one complained of and documented.

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