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Concussion Injury Compensation

Am I entitled to make a claim for concussion injury compensation even though I was unaware that I had a concussion at the time of my accident? It took about a month for me to go see my GP for the symptoms I was experiencing, which have since got worse, and the medication I am now taking makes it difficult for me to return to work.

Question:

Am I entitled to make a claim for concussion injury compensation even though I was unaware that I had a concussion at the time of my accident? It took about a month for me to go see my GP for the symptoms I was experiencing, which have since got worse, and the medication I am now taking makes it difficult for me to return to work.

Answer:

You may still have a viable claim for concussion injury compensation even though it is unfortunate you did not seek immediate medical attention.  Ideally, you should have sought prompt medical attention after your head injury, as symptoms of minor brain injuries are not always immediately apparent. As you have found to be the case, you began to experience your symptoms after the concussion, most likely due to post-concussion syndrome, which can lead to wide range of serious, debilitating effects.

Your claim for concussion injury compensation may succeed if your accident was due to a breach by someone who owed you a duty of care – such as an employer, a motorist or the owner of a business establishment – who showed negligence by failing to take the necessary precautions to avoid an accident. If your injury is a result of negligence, you have grounds for making a concussion injury compensation claim.

However, you final settlement for concussion injury compensation may be reduced if you are considered to have exacerbated the extent of your injury by failing to seek immediate medical attention. If this were to be the case in your scenario, you would be given a degree of responsibility – estimated as a percentage amount – and your concussion injury compensation would be accordingly reduced.

Yet you may still be left with an adequate settlement for your concussion injury compensation claim that may alleviate the financial burden caused by your head injury – including loss of earnings. To discuss the circumstances surrounding your injury, and your eligibility to make a concussion injury compensation claim, you are encouraged to speak to a personal injury solicitor at your earliest convenience.