If you are hurt in an accident through no fault of your own, you are entitled to money damages from the wreck or accident. All injuries are inconvenient and disrupting, but some types of injuries are more difficult to measure. If your injury involves a head injury, read on for some important information about what you can expect in the form of personal injury compensation.
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The brain is a complex and surprisingly delicate organ, and when it gets physically injured the range of damage can be enormous. Even a minor wreck with little damage to the vehicles can cause permanent brain damage. If your head came into contact with any part of your car, or if you experienced a jolt from the wreck, you need medical care. No matter how you may think you feel, some brain injuries can be a lot more serious than you can imagine, and it is not unheard of for sudden death to occur after a minor blow to the head.
In some cases, you may check out fine at the hospital but later begin to feel symptoms. Brain injuries can be tricky and not show up until later. Monitor yourself (with a loved one's help) carefully in the days following a blow to the head and get help fast if you begin to feel that anything is amiss. It's important to seek help not just for your own health and well-being but to establish a pattern of seeking medical treatment for compensation purposes.
A severe head injury could affect you for the remainder of your life, so make sure you do the following:
1. Keep good records. If you can begin keeping an accident journal soon after your accident, it will prove to be invaluable. Not only is writing down your thoughts about your experience therapeutic, but you will also find that doing so can be valuable in most cases, so it pays to keep up with your documents and memories of the accident. Have a single, organized place to keep receipts, records, reports, photographs and more, such as an expandable file folder.
2. See a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Dealing with a head injury and with a claim is a challenge, and you need to focus on getting better. Hand your burden over to an attorney who knows what to do to make the most of your claim.
Your attorney (and the insurance company) often use a special type of calculation to arrive at a figure for a settlement. This calculation is based on the total dollar amount of your medical expenses (now and in the future), and that number is multiplied by a factor that corresponds with the seriousness of your injury. Fortunately, you won't need to worry about the numbers; but you should do your part by keeping good records and following your doctor's orders. Speak to a personal injury attorney to learn more.
Contact a company like Fitzsimmons & Vervaecke Law Firm for more information and assistance.