Did you suffer a concussion in an accident?
You might be wondering how you are going to handle your medical expenses.
If you are considering filing a legal claim, you might want to know what the average concussion settlement amounts are.
Today we will be talking about concussions from accidents and how you can deal with them legally.
What Are Concussions and How Do They Happen?
A concussion is an injury to your brain. It happens when a hard jolt causes your brain to move too rapidly inside your skull, causing it to be bruised.
Concussions commonly happen in car accidents, especially rear-end accidents.
They can also happen to pedestrians hit by cars, during slip-and-falls, or in construction incidents. Any time someone experiences head trauma, it can cause a concussion. They are a medical emergency.
Symptoms of a concussion include loss of consciousness, vomiting, nausea, slurring, fatigue, confusion, dizziness, and sound sensitivity.
Someone might not even know they have a concussion for weeks. The only real treatment for a concussion is rest, and often they resolve on their own.
In more serious cases, they can lead to long-term adverse health effects and degenerative medical conditions. Just one concussion can cause structural damage to someone’s brain.
What Are Average Concussion Settlement Amounts?
There is no average concussion settlement value. If you suffered a concussion from a car accident, the settlement amount will depend upon the severity of your injuries and the facts of the accident.
In personal injury cases, you can recover both economic and non-economic damages. Your attorney will help you calculate the amount of damages you can expect to recover.
Economic damages include past and future medical expenses and lost wages.
You can receive compensation for costs related to the accident such as treatments, physical therapy, prescriptions, and ambulance rides to the emergency room.
Non-economic damages include amounts for pain and suffering, emotional distress, PTSD, or loss of consortium.
They are much harder to quantify than economic damages, but they usually constitute a substantial portion of your total damage award.
California is a pure comparative negligence state. This means that an injured party can collect any amount of damages the defendant caused, even if the plaintiff was partially at fault.
In other words, the plaintiff’s settlement is reduced by their percentage of fault.
For example, if the value of the plaintiff’s damages was $100,000, and the plaintiff was 20% responsible for the accident, their settlement amount would be $80,000.
How Do I File a Lawsuit for My Injuries?
In California, you have two years from the date of an accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. It’s very important to get medical attention after an accident and have a doctor check for signs of concussion.
You will need medical documentation to support your claim. You should then contact a California personal injury attorney.
The less time that passes after your accident, the better your chances of a successful outcome. Your attorney will investigate your claim and build a strong case using your medical records, witness testimony, and other evidence.
They will attempt to negotiate a settlement with the defendants’ insurance companies. If that’s not possible, your attorney will litigate your claim in court.
If You Were Injured in an Accident, Contact the Farzam Law Firm
We understand that the legal system can be overwhelming. The experienced personal injury attorneys and staff of the Farzam Law Firm are prepared to fight for fair compensation for your injuries.
We handle all different types of personal injury cases and have a great record of success. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you with your case.