Head injuries can happen in motorcycle accidents, workplace accidents, car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and other types of accidents. Head injuries can be devastating and change the rest of a person’s life. Keep reading to learn more about how you can put a value on this type of terrible injury.
First Things First: Get Medical Care
An accident does not need to involve high speeds to cause a head injury. It may be that your car has just minor damage, and your head hurts a little, but you assume it is fine. Do not assume this. Get medical care right away. Adrenaline and shock can work together to mask pain. It’s also possible that some brain injuries will not include pain right away.
If you know you hit your head then you should have it looked at. If you do not believe you hit your head but you have any of the following symptoms, then you should get it looked at: Neck pain, headache, weakness, spasms, or numbness. The doctor can use tests like x-rays and more to find out how serious your injury is and how it should be treated.
Tips for Valuing Your Injury
There are several factors that will have the biggest impact on the settlement you receive for your neck injury. One of them will be how serious the injury is. It could be a “mild” head injury or it could be a debilitating injury. The more serious it is, the higher your compensation is likely to be. The more permanent the damages, the higher the payout is likely to be.
Your personal injury attorney has the relevant experience and resources to properly value your injury. They may do this by talking to your doctors, looking at the evidence, and talking to expert witnesses. You can find out more by calling Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn at (310) 209-1600.
Estimating a Fair Value for Your Settlement
There are some damages that are fairly easy to measure. For example, you can look at medical costs and lost wages by actually adding up your real losses. But how do you measure future medical expenses? Your doctor can be helpful in recommending ongoing medical care and estimating costs. We can also work with a medical expert who can put a value on your likely future medical costs.
On the other hand, other damages are harder to estimate. For example, how do you estimate pain and suffering? It includes both physical pain and emotional pain. It may involve anxiety or PTSD, or it may involve nightmares. Some people lose enjoyment in what they used to love after the accident.
Once again, it is your personal injury attorney who can help you determine these costs. To get an estimate, contact Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn at (310) 209-1600 and request a free legal consultation today.