Many people who are involved in automobile collisions do suffer from traumatic brain injuries. Whether it is due to hitting their head on the steering column, whiplash, sudden whipping motions from side to side or a direct impact, those individuals need to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
A traumatic brain injury can vary in severity. Some people will have severe injuries that are life-threatening. Others may have mild or moderate injuries that impact them and their lives for many weeks, months or years to come.
How do you get compensated for a brain injury?
If you or someone you know suffer from a brain injury, the first thing to do is to make sure you get medical care. Then, once you are medically stable, you can move forward with a personal injury claim.
In a personal injury claim, you can ask for compensation for a few different kinds of losses. For example, you can ask the other party to compensate you for:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Long-term care needs
These and other losses should be fairly assessed.
How do you make a successful brain injury claim?
It is the unfortunate reality that many insurance companies won’t be as worried about you getting fair compensation as they will be worried about saving money on your claim. Therefore, it is extremely important for you to build a strong case for compensation. You should collect documentation that proves your injury and that shows how much it has cost you so far. You should also begin to get estimates for longer-term care needs, such as if you need to have an in-home health care worker come to you daily or you need long-term physical therapy and medical treatment.
Building a strong case to justify the amount of money you want in a personal injury settlement is a priority. Then, the insurance company may speak with your attorney to negotiate. If they will not settle fairly, then you have the option of taking that company to court, so that you can ask a judge to make a fair ruling on the case.