The Do's and Don'ts After a Car Accident
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The Do's and Don'ts After a Car Accident

I was recently involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, since it was my first accident, I was scatter-brained and anxious. What I did not realize at the time was that the actions you take immediately after the accident can affect a personal injury case and the outcome of that case. I wanted to find a way to share my experiences and mistakes with other. Since the Internet is so popular, I figured this would be a great way to do so. While you likely aren't planning on being in an accident soon, if you are, hopefully you remember some of the tips I share on this website.

The Do's and Don'ts After a Car Accident

Dealing With a Head Injury Claim

Yvonne Russell

Almost any accident can be more serious than it may look at first, and head injuries can contain a fair share of hidden symptoms and dangers. If you have been in a car accident that was not your fault and suffered from a head injury, close attention should be paid to ensure that you are compensated in a fair manner.

No matter how minor your head injury seems to be, do yourself a favor and don't just ignore it and hope for improvement. Read on for tips on handling head injuries in accidents and for getting the money damages that you are entitled to receive.

Head injuries can be very complicated.

Injuries that affect the brain can be difficult to evaluate; even minor injuries can cause brain damage that can affect a person for the remainder of their lives. To make matters worse, some of the impact of a head injury to the brain can takes weeks or even months to being to show up.

With head injuries, the damage may run the gamut from memory problems and cognitive issues to mood disorders and emotional problems. If you have suffered a blow to the head, it's vital that you begin notate your symptoms as soon as possible using a handy notebook or the recording app on your phone. Making a record of your injury provides you with valuable evidence for your claim and will help jog your memory for later on, especially at the trial.

How much can you expect from the other side?

You know you have damages and that the other side is insured, so you may be wondering exactly how much compensation you can expect. One way to estimate that figure is by using an online personal injury calculator, which uses your medical expenses and other costs to calculate a rough estimate figure that you might expect to be offered for your claim.

Understand other considerations.

The calculation should not be used in isolation, since lawsuits and settlement amounts are never that easy to predict. You can, however, take into consideration some additional factors that could be used by the other side in creating an offer to settle with you, such as:

  • the percentage of fault each driver shares. While fault may be clear to you, it may not be to the other side. If you share any percentage of fault, your compensation could be reduced.
  • your personal attributes, such as your age, education level, and work history.
  • recent similar awards in local courts.

Speak to an auto accident attorney for more information about getting the compensation you need for your head injury.