What is Post-Concussion Syndrome? Can I Sue for a Post-Concussion Syndrome Car Accident Injury?

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How Much is a Post-Concussion Syndrome Car Accident Settlement Worth?

How Much is a Post-Concussion Syndrome Car Accident Settlement Worth?

Jul 27, 2022

Car accidents can lead to severe and even catastrophic injuries which, in personal injury law, can include concussions, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), head or skull fractures, spinal cord injuries, and more.

How Much is a Post-Concussion Syndrome Car Accident Settlement Worth?

One of the more common serious injuries that can be sustained following a motor vehicle collision is post-concussion syndrome. Let’s take a look at what post-concussion (also known as post-concussive) syndrome entails, review what damages may be recovered when filing a personal injury lawsuit, and discuss how to arrange for a free and confidential consultation with an experienced car accident lawyer from Dordulian Law Group.

What is Post-Concussion Syndrome?

The Mayo Clinic defines concussion as a “mild traumatic brain injury that usually happens after a blow to the head.” Post-concussion syndrome occurs when symptoms last beyond the anticipated recovery period after the initial injury occurs. In other words, if you’re involved in a car accident and suffer a concussion, you may experience immediate symptoms, such as headache, nausea, or vomiting. Those symptoms, however, should resolve within seven to 10 days – the standard recovery time. But with post-concussion syndrome, your symptoms could last weeks to even months.

Some facts about concussion injuries include:

  • Such an injury can occur via a blow or through violent shaking and movement to the head or body.
  • You don’t have to lose consciousness to get a concussion or experience persistent post-concussive symptoms.
  • The risk of developing persistent post-concussive symptoms doesn’t appear to be associated with the severity of the initial injury.

What are the Symptoms of Post-Concussion Syndrome After a Car Accident?

Some of the most common post-concussion symptoms include:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Irritability
  • Vertigo
  • Loss of smell
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of concentration and memory
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Blurry vision
  • Noise and light sensitivity
  • Frustration
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

If you’ve suffered post-concussion syndrome through no fault of your own in a car accident, you may be entitled to a substantial cash settlement for various damages.

How Does Post-Concussion Syndrome Happen in Car Accidents?

Head injuries commonly occur due to the force of a car accident. With post-concussion syndrome, your car accident may cause you to:

  • Hit your head on an object, such as the dashboard, during the crash. This can also occur when a driver’s or passenger’s head hits an airbag, steering wheel, window, headrest, or even a personal object that may be inside the vehicle and not restrained when the collision occurs.
  • Suffer a whiplash-like injury, where the force of the car accident causes your head to move forward and then back again (or vice versa) quickly, like snapping a whip. Such force can actually cause your head to move so quickly back-and-forth that your brain becomes concussed.

This means that you can suffer a concussion (and post-concussion syndrome) without actually hitting your head on an object. Accordingly, you may be involved in a car accident and have a number of the symptoms listed above without realizing that they may actually be due to post-concussion syndrome (simply because you did not hit your head). This, unfortunately, is a common occurrence in car accident cases, where the injured victim is unaware of the extent of his or her injuries.

Accordingly, if you are experiencing persistent symptoms after any type of car accident injury, it is strongly recommended that you seek medical treatment immediately.

What Compensation Can I Recover in a Post-Concussion Syndrome Car Accident Claim?

When a civil claim for a car accident injury is filed, the objective is to help the injured victim recover financial compensation for various types of damages:

  • Medical expenses (past and future)
  • Emergency department treatment
  • Physical Therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lost Wages
  • Lost Earning Capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Scarring or other serious injury
  • Compensation for loss of a limb or disfigurement

In a post-concussion car accident injury claim, having an experienced and proven attorney fighting in your corner can help ensure that you recover the maximum financial compensation you deserve.

What is a Good Post-Concussion Syndrome Car Accident Settlement Amount?

Car accident settlements can vary depending on a number of factors, such as:

  • The severity of the injuries
  • The extent of medical treatment
  • The extent of liability on the part of the defendant
  • The knowledge, skill, and ability of your personal injury lawyer
  • The complexity of the case (and in proving negligence)

That said, a post-concussion car accident injury claim is likely worth a substantial sum of money for the victim. However, for a settlement to be adequate, it must cover the full extent of your losses which have resulted due to the post-concussion syndrome. And because losses are specific on a case-by-case basis, it’s difficult to offer an accurate estimate for how much your post-concussion car accident injury claim may be worth without first reviewing the facts of your case.

To arrange for a free and confidential consultation with a Dordulian Law Group (DLG) Los Angeles car accident lawyer, contact us today at 818-322-4056.

How Do I Know if My Post-Concussion Syndrome Car Accident Settlement is Fair?

One way to determine whether or not a settlement offer is fair and maximized is by estimating your overall losses for things like hospital and medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and more.

But estimating subjective and hard to quantify losses such as pain and suffering or emotional trauma can be difficult without the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer. That’s why DLG’s team of car accident attorneys are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about how much your post-concussion syndrome claim may be worth (and how long it may take to reach a maximized settlement).

Do I Need a Lawyer for a Post-Concussion Syndrome Car Accident Injury Claim?

Proving liability in a post-concussion car accident claim can require a great deal of skill and experience. Such injuries are complex, and will need an extensive and convincing argument to prove liability. But expert legal representation may also be necessary to prove the full extent of damages that should be awarded so you can make a complete recovery without having to suffer financial hardship.

Hiring a personal injury lawyer is always recommended when dealing with catastrophic injuries such as post-concussion syndrome. Such a serious injury may require long-term medical care, and it’s essential that your settlement reflects as much.

Hiring a DLG California personal injury lawyer to handle your post-concussion car accident claim can have multiple advantages. In fact, personal injury victims who hire private attorneys often secure greater financial compensation for their claims.

The Insurance Research Council (IRC) recently conducted a study which confirmed the following personal injury claim statistics:

  • Settlements for injured claimants were 40% higher when they had secured private legal representation.
  • The average insurance payout was 3.5 times higher for injured victims who hired private attorneys (when compared to those representing themselves).
  • 85% of all money paid by insurance companies for bodily injuries is received by victims who have secured representation from a private personal injury attorney.

Additionally, having a dedicated and experienced personal injury attorney from DLG handling your case can help if (and they more and likely will try) the insurance company or at-fault party attempts to argue that you were partially to blame for the accident, your injuries are actually not as severe as you are claiming, or you are actually not injured (and therefore not deserving of financial compensation).

These are the types of arguments that the opposing attorneys may attempt to utilize in an effort to reduce your post-concussion syndrome claim. Don’t let your settlement check get minimized. Ensure justice is served by securing representation from the experienced personal injury lawyers at DLG today.

Contact DLG’s Post-Concussion Syndrome Car Accident Lawyers Today for a Free Consultation

With DLG, your post-concussion syndrome consultation is always free, confidential, and without any obligation. We’ll review the facts of your case and provide you with all available legal options to ensure that your rights are protected and the maximum financial damages award you deserve is pursued. We serve car accident injury clients throughout California as well as the United States.

Ready to file a claim and pursue justice through a financial damages award? Our expert attorneys are available online or by phone now.

Contact a Los Angeles lawyer from of our Car Accident Division today at 818-322-4056 for a free consultation to discuss your post-concussion syndrome claim. There is never any upfront fee or out-of-pocket expense for DLG’s expert legal representation. We don’t charge a dime until we’ve successfully secured a maximum financial damages award for your post-concussion syndrome car accident claim.

Reach out to one of our dedicated personal injury lawyers today to discuss your case. We’ll review the facts, offer you a range of legal options, provide an estimate for how long your claim may take to settle, and include an estimate for how much you can expect to receive from your settlement.

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