Head injuries are one of the most serious types of injuries following a car accident.
Among all head injuries, concussions are the most common. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, usually caused by a jolt to the head.
When the head experiences a sudden force, such as in a car accident, the brain can collide with the inside of the skull, causing a concussion.
In fact, because of the sudden and quick motion of the head moving back and forth, many car accident victims suffer a brain injury even when their head does not strike anything.
While some concussions are minor, others result in accident victims suffering lifelong problems.
Thus, it is essential for anyone who experiences signs of a concussion after a recent car accident to understand what a concussion car accident settlement should look like.
Otherwise, accident victims run the risk of accepting an inadequate concussion car accident settlement amount, which may leave them on the hook for the remaining damages.
While no one can pinpoint the exact value of concussion settlement amounts, an experienced personal injury attorney can give you a good idea of what to expect.
Signs of a Concussion After a Car Accident
After you’ve been in a car accident, these are some of the signs that might indicate that you have a concussion.
These signs will be different for every person, and most people don’t have all of the signs.
Your doctor will be the one to diagnose your concussion, so you should tell your doctor everything you are experiencing:
- Loss of balance
- Poor coordination or clumsiness
- Vision problems (Double vision or blurry vision)
- Sensitivity to light
- Hearing difficulty
- Sensitivity to noise
- Ringing in the ears
- Numbness or tingling in different parts of the body
- Change in taste or smell
- Change in appetite
- Poor concentration, easily distracted
- Difficulty making decisions
- Slow thinking, difficulty getting organized, can’t finish things
- Fatigue, loss of energy, feeling tired all the time
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Feeling anxious or tense
- Feeling depressed or sad
- Irritability. Easily annoyed
- Feeling easily overwhelmed by things.
What Goes into Concussion Settlement Amounts?
When an insurance company considers extending a settlement for concussion-related injuries, it does so with an eye on paying as little as possible while still avoiding the risk of a trial.
Thus, an insurance company reviews several factors relating to liability and damages.
The insurance company first looks at who was at fault for causing the accident.
If in the insurance company’s opinion, an accident victim was responsible for the collision, it may either offer a reduced settlement amount or no settlement at all.
If the insurance company believes that the accident victim was only partially at fault, it will usually offer a reduced settlement amount.
This is because, under California law, judges reduce a damages award based on the accident victim’s percentage of fault.
An insurance company will also consider the extent of the accident victim’s injuries. While all concussions are serious, some are much more serious than others.
Generally speaking, the more serious an accident victim’s injuries, the higher the settlement amount.
However, the insurance company also reviews an accident victim’s past medical history, looking for any pre-existing conditions.
If an insurance company determines that an accident victim’s injuries were the result of a pre-existing injury or condition, it will very likely offer a reduced settlement amount.
It is also important to have all of your treatment documented by your medical doctors. The better they document your injuries, the more likely it will be to receive just compensation.
It can be hard to determine the average settlement amount for a concussion because these injuries vary in severity.
However, an experienced personal injury lawyer can provide accident victims with a firm grasp of what to expect.
Do You Have Questions About California Concussion Settlement Amounts? Contact our Personal Injury Attorneys to Discuss Your Case.
If you recently suffered a concussion in a traffic accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at Wells Call Injury Lawyers.
Our California personal injury lawyers proudly represent accident victims and their families, helping connect them with meaningful compensation.
Since 1980, we’ve helped countless clients negotiate with insurance companies, ensuring they are treated fairly throughout the process.