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Is a mild brain injury grounds for a personal injury claim?

When a person is injured in a car accident, the victim has the right to explore what legal options may be available. West Virginia victims may not know that a personal injury claim could be a viable option, especially if they are diagnosed with injuries that are considered minor. If a person is hurt by the reckless or negligent actions of another party, he or she may have a rightful claim to compensation, even if the injuries are not severe.

It is a common assumption that minor injuries are unimportant. For example, a minor brain injury, such as a concussion, can take weeks or months to heal. Recovery from minor brain trauma can be slow and halting, leaving victims unsure of when they will be able to return to a normal life. Some minor trauma could even affect short term memory, the ability to drive or cause severe headaches and other symptoms.

A concussion is one of the most common types of car accident injuries, but victims often fail to secure proper medical care. Even though this is not necessarily an overtly serious type of brain trauma, it is a legitimate injury that could eventually have a major impact on a person's quality of life. Concussions range in type and severity, but all victims would benefit from a legal opinion regarding a possible personal injury claim.

Any brain injury suffered in a car accident, regardless of type or severity, could be constitute proper grounds for a personal injury claim. Victims should not assume that they do not have a case because their injuries initially seem minor, but they should proactively protect their rights. A brain injury can have a lasting impact, but West Virginia victims do not have to face those potential consequences alone. 

Source: biausa.org, "Mild Brain Injury", Accessed on Dec. 23, 2015

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